To stay healthy, it's a good idea to have dental issues diagnosed before they develop into bigger conditions. These oral problems can be identified during a comprehensive dental examination with our experienced team. During your bi-annual cleanings, we always review your oral condition and screen for problematic areas. However, a comprehensive dental exam is performed on an annual basis and consists of a more thorough analysis. Dental exams at West Bridgewater Dental are performed to assess your oral health by looking for tooth decay, gum disease, and signs of oral cancer. Our team of board-certified dentists and specialists will determine your need for procedures and evaluate the health of your bite and jaw. Digital images will be used to gain a better view of any potential hidden concerns in your teeth and jawbone. If you live near West Bridgewater, MA, make an appointment for a dental exam for your family at our established, modern practice.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is an abnormal group of cells in the mouth that may affect the gums, lips, jawbone, tongue, salivary glands, roof and floor of the mouth, and throat. Each dental examination at West Bridgewater Dental includes a screening for oral cancer to check for any symptoms, which may include abnormal lesions, tissue discoloration, sores, lumps, or bumps. Our skilled dentists will also palpate your neck and jaw for abnormal growths. Should any areas of concern be discovered, we may perform a biopsy or refer you to a specialist for further care.
"Highly recommend. I've been a patient of Dr. Richard Harrison for 25 years. The practice has recently grown to include several new dentists as Dr. Harrison has reduced his hours and heads towards retirement. Everyone I have seen (dentists/hygienists) has been excellent. The practice is immaculate."- S.D. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
"Great dental Care very courteous and professional staff"- P.B. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"I love this dentist office, and I’ve been going here for most of my life! They are always so kind, friendly, and helpful. I’ve had a great experience with Dr. Harrison and Dr. Harelick! The whole hygienist staff is wonderful too."- K.H. / Google / Sep 13, 2019
"After my long time dentist retired, I had reservations about finding a new dentist. I didn't want to have any unnecessary work -which would have been costly, time consuming and also unpleasant! I've been going to this practice now for several years and have not had any problems. They are doing a great job keeping my teeth in good shape. Appointments are on schedule, the cleanings are good and they take my insurance. I also like the setting: the building and waiting rooms are nice, and the view of the birdhouses from the patients chair is pleasant."- M.W. / Google / Sep 12, 2019
"My family and I have been patients of West Bridgewater Dental for many years. Back some many years ago I needed to be seen on a Saturday (severe tooth pain on a Friday night) and West Bridgewater made room for me. They care about their patients and Dr. Harrison always took the time to say Hi, shake your hand and tell a corny story or two. Always feel safe with West Bridgewater Dental. Looking forward to working with the newest members of their family. Sincerely- Sandy Auld"- S.A. / Google / Aug 28, 2019
Best Candidates for Dental Exam
West Bridgewater, MA residents of every age should receive a dental exam each year. Some of the most common conditions, such as periodontal (gum) disease, often go unnoticed without proper evaluation. If oral problems are identified early, you're more likely to have greater treatment options.
The ADA (American Dental Association) suggests that children visit a dentist before turning a year old. During your visit, our dentists can talk with you about common oral concerns, including the use of pacifiers, teething, and baby bottle tooth decay. Our caring team at West Bridgewater Dental can teach you ways to clean and care for your baby's oral health so he or she develops good habits early in life. Dental examinations are also crucial for older children as their teeth, gums, and jaw develop.
What To Expect
Your exam will begin with an initial assessment of your teeth, tongue, gums, throat, the roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, and other checkpoints. This includes checking for symptoms of oral cancer in your mouth. Our team may take digital x-rays, screen for gum disease, and evaluate your neck, head, and jaw, including the bite and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). We'll then discuss any concerns discovered and review your treatment options. Any other conditions you may have and prescriptions you're taking will be reviewed. Our dentists will then determine if these issues might affect your dental health by increasing your risk for dry mouth, tooth decay, or other oral concerns. Lastly, we'll evaluate any restorations you have, such as fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures, to assess the wear and fit.
When to schedule your next appointment at West Bridgewater Dental will be based on the results of your exam. If no oral problems are detected, then you can follow a home oral care routine with flossing and brushing every day, plus yearly dental examinations and twice-yearly professional cleanings. If our team of dentists does find a concern that needs to be treated, procedures can be planned and reviewed.
Since a dental exam is important to your oral and overall health, it's usually covered by insurance. We can talk to your insurance company to understand your coverage and review with you any personal expenses. If you don't have insurance, West Bridgewater Dental accepts several payment methods, including medical financing. Our entire team is dedicated to working with you and your family to help you get the treatment you need for good dental health.
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Annual Dental Exams
Enjoying true oral health means going to the dentist regularly even when you're not experiencing a problem. It's very important to be proactive with routine, preventive care. This may save your teeth and gums, lessen your number of dental visits, and reduce additional expenses. We suggest visiting our experienced team at West Bridgewater Dental annually for a dental exam. This can help you minimize problems by catching them in the early stages. We work hard to make dental examinations a pleasant experience for you and your family so that you'll enjoy coming back for continued, positive care. Contact our practice in West Bridgewater, MA today to schedule your exam.