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
"Great overall experience. Dr. Patel and her staff really take amazing care of their patients and make you feel welcome and at ease the minute you step into the office. Today she squeezed me into her already busy schedule to fix me up with a new veneer that broke off my tooth just hours before. They did an excellent job! In the two plus years I’ve been going to HHD, I’ve never been disappointed. Here are a few more highlights: none of her shots ever hurt, she always calls you in the evening to check that everything is ok, competitive prices."- J.S. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
"Great doctor and hygienist! Probably the best, most knowledgeable dentist I’ve been to!"- N.D. / Google / Sep 30, 2019
"Great office!"- S.R. / Google / Sep 26, 2019
"Dr. Patel and her staff are very friendly and professional. I have never had such an informative and thorough comprehensive exam. I will definitely be back."- M.M. / Google / Sep 26, 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.
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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.