Comprehensive Dental Exams in
North Richland Hills
What is a Comprehensive Dental Exam?
To maintain excellent oral health, patients of all ages should have a dental exam and cleaning every six months. A dental exam is a diagnostic evaluation of your overall oral health and hygiene. During this biannual dental appointment, Dr. Williams and his experienced team of dental assistants and hygienists will:
- Examine your teeth for signs of decay or periodontal disease
- Examine your gums for signs of bacterial accumulation or infection
- Evaluate your bite/jaw function
- Screen your mouth for signs of oral cancer
You will need digital dental x-rays periodically. If your mouth is in good health, this may only be necessary every 12-18 months. If you have dental restorations, or if Dr. Williams finds any sign of decay or damage, you may need x-rays more frequently. At our technologically advanced dental practice, all x-rays are done digitally which reduces radiation exposure and offers improved diagnostic capabilities.
Dr. Williams will also perform an oral cancer exam. This involves feeling around the cheeks, gums, and tongue, under the jaw, and the sides of the neck for signs of oral cancer.
Benefits of Comprehensive Dental Exams
Good oral health is essential for good overall health. Comprehensive dental exams are invaluable preventative and diagnostic treatments that offer many benefits.
- Early detection of tooth decay
- Prevent gum disease
- Early detection of oral cancer
- Reduce the risk of heart disease and chronic illness
- Infection prevention
- Save money on more costly treatments later
- Prevent/eliminate bad breath
- Protection from tooth loss
- Prevent tooth pain
- Maintain a brighter smile
Why Choose Dr. Williams for Your Dental Care?
Dr. Williams has dedicated his life to helping patients achieve and maintain excellent oral health. Because poor oral health is linked to chronic illnesses ranging from heart disease and stroke to diabetes, taking care of your teeth and gums is vital to overall wellness.
Dr. Williams earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1985. In the decades since, Dr. Williams has become synonymous with excellence, compassion, and service to patients and the dental field at large. He is a member of the Honorable Order of the Good Fellow in the Texas Dental Association, resulting from his years of service in improving oral health in Texas. In addition, Dr. Williams participates in the ADA’s Give Kids a Smile Program, and lends his time and talents to the Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation, providing no-cost dental treatment to underprivileged individuals.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Exams and Cleanings
Do you offer sedation for patients who are afraid of the dentist?
Yes. Dr. Williams knows that going to the dentist is frightening or anxiety-inducing for many people. At our North Richland Hills practice, we offer sedation dentistry to put fearful clients at ease before or during their appointment.
Do dental exams hurt?
No. Dr. Williams is known for his gentle treatment. For patients who are extremely sensitive to dental cleanings, we are happy to offer sedation dentistry to help you relax.
Do you treat patients who do not have dental insurance?
Yes. We treat all patients at our practice. If you do not have dental insurance, we accept all credit cards and CareCredit financing. We also offer a low-cost dental membership program that is an affordable way to receive preventive care at our practice. The low cost of our membership program may even be more cost-effective than your dental insurance copays.
Do you treat children?
Yes. As a comprehensive dental practice, our team treats children, tweens, teens, and adults. We are proud to care for your whole family.