About Dental Exams
At Houston Heights Dentistry, Dr. Neela Patel recommends that patients receive dental examinations at least twice a year. This is done to help detect and prevent oral diseases from progressing further. During the exam, Dr. Patel always asks the patients if they have any areas of concerns or if they are currently experiencing any oral pain or discomfort. The patient will have digital x-rays taken at least once a year in order to determine any areas of concern. Dr. Patel will check all areas of the mouth to decide if any treatments or procedures are recommended to prevent a problem from becoming worse or to repair an existing issue. She will also check for any signs of oral cancer. We use state-of-the-art technology to ensure that the patient is receiving the best possible treatment options at our office in Houston Heights, TX, and by doing so we can help you achieve restored and enhanced oral health now and for the future.
Dental Examination Reviews
"Dr. Patel is very friendly and make you feel at ease. During my dental treatment she made sure I was doing ok. Her staff is very friendly and professional."- S.R. / Yelp / Nov 07, 2016
"I am thrilled to have become a patient of Dr. Patel's and so glad for the referral. I feel so comfortable coming into the office and that has not been the case in the past at other dental locations. Dr. Patel and her staff are so friendly, knowledgable and caring! I tend to have a lot of anxiety when in the dentist chair but Dr. Patel and her staff know how to put me at ease and handle my dental procedures with great care and expertise!"- M.S. / Google / Jul 13, 2015
"The dental exam was the most thorough I have ever experienced. After suffering from pain on the left side of my face for over one year, Dr Patel was able to determine the cause and worked quickly to create a splint which immediately helped to decrease the pain. Her staff is courteous and professional. I have already recommended her to my friends."- M.B. / Google / Jul 13, 2014
"I have been going to Dr. Patel's office for years, but I recently had an appointment and my experience was great. Her staff was able to get me in last minute, were super friendly and even offered me a payment plan. My Hygienist, Melinda, is friendly, knowledgeable, and very thorough with her examinations and her cleanings. As always Dr. Patel comes to check on you and also perform an examination. You are always covered at this office. Rest assured if there is an issue with your dental health, they will find it and give you the proper information you need to make a decision. I also love that the office is super clean and the staff always friendly! You never have to worry that the tools used are not sanitary. This is the cleanest dentist office I have ever been to!!! For all these reasons I trust Dr. Patel and her team with my dental needs and you should to. They are awesome."- F.M. / Google / Jul 13, 2014
"Dr. Patel is very friendly and make you feel at ease. During my dental treatment she made sure I was doing ok. Her staff is very friendly and professional."- S.R. / Yahoo / Nov 07, 2016
Dental Exams - What to Expect
A thorough dental examination will start with a conversation between Dr. Patel and the patient. She will ask about the patient's recent health, including any current medications, illnesses, and surgeries. She will also ask the patient if they have noticed any changes or have any areas of concern. To get a complete picture of the patient's mouth, Dr. Patel will begin by reviewing the digital x-rays to check the health of the teeth and jaw bones. Dr. Patel will then perform a visual check of the mouth and use palpation (touch) to check for signs of oral cancer, decay, and disease. Probing tools will also be used to check the health of the gums by measuring the depth of the gum pockets and to look for areas of inflammation or gingivitis.
Dental Exams - Treatment Aftercare
If Dr. Patel finds any areas of concern during the dental examination, she will talk to the patient about possible preventive measures that may be performed at the office or at home. She will also let the patient know when they should schedule their next dental exam to check on their progress. If a problem is noted, Dr. Patel will recommend options for treatment which will be discussed in further detail, along with appointment recommendations.
Dental Exams - Insurance Coverage
Most in-network dental plans cover the periodic exam at 100%, but out of network patients will have a co-pay. The administrative team will consult with the patient’s insurance company prior to their visit to be certain. Patients paying out of pocket may discuss payment options during their consultation.
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Prevent and Protect
Be sure to schedule your dental examination so you can keep your teeth, gums, and jaw healthy. With regular dental exams, Dr. Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry can notice subtle changes that can lead to faster, more conservative treatments when problems do arise. A few minutes in the dentist's chair for an exam, can save you hours of time, discomfort, and expense in extensive procedures and recovery time. Please contact our office to learn more, or to book your dental examination.