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.
"Dr. Neela Patel and staff are wonderful. I've been going here for 20 years and even though it is out of the way from my work and home it's worth the drive."- D.A. / Google / Sep 18, 2018
"A PLEASANT VISITI visited Dr. Neela Patel's office for the first time Nov 2019 for the military veteran's smile event. I was able to fill my paperwork out ahead of time with the help of the excellent receptionist to save time during the initial visit. As I entered the office I noticed the lobby was modern, warm & welcoming. Quickly, my initial evaluation was conducted with 3D panoramic high tech equipment and a friendly technician. After the evaluation, I was escorted back to the lobby and offered light refreshments as I enjoyed the joyful music. As I enjoyed my snacks , I noticed another patient that was obviously suffering from some anxiety due to a dental visit. I witnessed the receptionist come from behind the desk to comfort the patient both verbally and physically. As I observed tears subside , pacing reduce and peace fill the room , I was nothing short of impressed with how the office staff when above and beyond to comfort patients. I met Dr. Patel during my procedure and her bubbly personality was delightful ! Another technician finished the job and answered all of my question regarding preventive maintenance and dental care. As I was leaving , I was given a "to go" bag with recommended products to continue my dental health journey. I was reminded that my teeth will be the last identifiable part of my body and how long they last is a direct reflection of my involvement of care. Although it was only my first visit, it felt as if I was visiting a friend to do homework at their home. THANK YOU Dr. Patel and the wonderful support staff! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS OFFICE TO ALL SEEKING DENTAL CARE :)"- S.M. / SmileReminder / Dec 21, 2019
"I went in for a teeth cleaning as a new patient and they were extremely thorough and gentle! They were able to see a few minor problems that need fixing and have been nothing shy of friendly. They answer any questions you may have!!"- K.J. / Google / Dec 06, 2019
"I was very impressed with Dr Patel and her staff - to a person they are wonderfully efficient and gracious. Her work is outstanding, my bite has always been complicated but she shaped my new fillings expertly and they have been totally comfortable. I also have TMJ problems and a small mouth and typically experience discomfort after dental work. She and her assistant managed things quite well and I had zero soreness afterward. She also used 'anti-numbing' at the end to speed up the process of normalization which cut the time in half, so I was presentable and could resume work more quickly."- M.R. / Google / Nov 25, 2019
"I can't say enough good things about Dr. Patel and her staff. due to personal neglect, I have some serious dental issues and I am self-conscious about it; so it is hard for me to go into the dentist office. Dr. Patel is amazing and her staff does a wonderful job treating me in a way that minimizes pain/discomfort. I give Dr. Patel's office 5 stars only because I am not able to give her anything more than that. If you are looking for a dentist, especially if you have dental office related anxiety like me, I highly recommend Dr. Patel's office."- D.M. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Plan Your Procedure
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.