The best way to stay healthy and avoid dental issues is by getting them diagnosed before they develop into bigger conditions, these issues can be identified during a dental exam. Dental examinations at Radiant Dental Care assess your overall and oral health by looking for tooth decay, disease, enamel wear, and signs of oral cancer. We utilize intraoral cameras to detect cavities and fractures in the teeth that x-rays can miss, helping to identify them before they become painful. Dr. William Shattuck will examine your bite and jaw, and digital x-ray images will be used for a better view of the hidden problems in your teeth, jaw, and gums. After your exam, Dr. Shattuck can determine your need for any treatments or procedures. If you live near the Fort Worth/Haslet area, make an appointment for a dental exam for your family at Radiant Dental Care.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is an abnormal group of cells in the mouth, gums, lips, jawbone, tongue, salivary glands, and throat. Each dental examination performed by Dr. Shattuck includes a visual screening for oral cancer to check for any symptoms, including inflammation, sores, lesions, and lumps. Our practice also offers OralID enhanced oral cancer screenings, a noninvasive, nonradioactive visualization technology, to detect early changes in the skin in your mouth which can lead to cancer. Should any areas of concern be discovered, a biopsy can be done, or you may need care from a specialist.
Haslet, TX residents of every age should get a dental exam every year. Some of the most common conditions do not have signs you can see.
The ADA (American Dental Association) suggests children visit a dentist before they turn one or by the time their first tooth comes in. Dr. Shattuck can speak to common problems, including using pacifiers, teething, and baby bottle decay. Our team at Radiant Dental Care can teach you ways to clean and care for your baby's teeth and to ensure they develop good habits early in life.
What To Expect
Your exam will begin with a cursory evaluation of your teeth, tongue, gums, throat, the roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, and other checkpoints. A member of Dr. Shattuck's clinical team will take x-rays using our integrated digital radiology system and check for abnormal gum tissue. Dr. Shattuck will evaluate your neck, head, and jaw, including the bite and temporomandibular joints (TMJ), review any conditions you may have, prescriptions you are taking, and discuss concerns discovered and your treatment options. Lastly, Dr. Shattuck will check any existing restorations you may have to assess their wear and fit.
When to schedule your next appointment will be based on the results of your exam. If Dr. Shattuck doesn't find any problems, you can follow a home oral care routine with flossing and brushing every day as recommended by your dental hygienist along with your biannual dental hygiene cleanings and exams with Radiant Dental Care. Should Dr. Shattuck find any treatment needs and/or concerns, procedures and treatment options can be reviewed and planned.
We believe finances should never be a barrier to receiving quality care, so we can talk to your insurance company to understand your coverage and any personal expenses. If you do not have insurance, Radiant Dental Care offers several in-office payment plans and accepts third-party financing via Care Credit.
Annual Dental Exams
True oral health means being proactive with preventive care, not just going to the dentist when something is wrong. Being proactive is not only better for your teeth and gums but also better for your wallet. Maintaining your biannual dental exam schedule can help you to minimize problems by catching them in the early stages.