About Dental Exams
Dental examinations are important for preventing and detecting oral diseases and tooth decay. During an exam, Dr. Jeffrey Allred of Allred Dental in San Marcos, CA will evaluate all areas of the mouth, including the teeth, gums, and jaws to detect any areas of concern. Typically, an exam will also consist of having digital x-rays taken to allow for a better view of the teeth and mouth. With our state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Allred can provide more advanced and detailed treatment options, including less invasive methods. Dental examinations are a great way to not only discover existing problems, but also to avoid any dental issues from arising in the future.
At Allred Dental, we believe in creating enhanced oral health to lead to enhanced overall physical health. We evaluate all areas of the mouth during your examination as a comprehensive mouth health check, because we believe that the mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. We can also examine your mouth for any signs of conditions or problems occurring in the body or may occur in the future. Our mission at Allred Dental, is to bring you better oral health, because we understand that a healthy mouth can help you live longer.
Dental Examination Reviews
"I have not seen a better dentist since 2002! I have had some pretty bad experiences in the past but Dr. Allred turned that all around today. He and the staff (front desk and assisstants included) are all super calm, friendly, and reassuring. I felt like I was a family member. I am pretty sure I asked an annoying amount of questions and I always got a detailed answer and never felt rushed. Literally the most thourough dentist I've ever had. I have been pretty scared of going to the dentist for nearly 15 years but Dr. Allred completely turn my fear around. I cant say enough good things. I have definitely found my life-long dentist! Thank You Allred Dental!!"- S.O. / Yelp / Jun 07, 2017
"I had such a wonderful experience at Allred dental. Dr. Allred and his staff are super friendly and attentive they made me feel totally relaxed which is pretty rare for being at a dentist office. I was actually a little nervous going in for my procedure because I was scared it was going to be painful. In the contrary I felt no pain and they were finished before I knew it. It was great!! I would highly recommend Allred dental to anyone needing dental services."- C.C. / Google / Aug 21, 2017
What to Expect
A thorough dental examination will start with a conversation between Dr. Allred and his patient. He will ask about recent health, including any current medications, illnesses, and surgeries. He will also ask the patient if they have noticed any changes or areas of concern. To get a complete picture of the mouth, Dr. Allred will begin by taking digital x-rays to see the teeth, gums, and bones. He will then perform a visual check of the mouth and then continue the exam with 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 gum pockets depth and to look for areas of inflammation.
If Dr. Allred finds any areas of concern during the dental examination, he will talk to the patient about possible preventative measures that may be performed at the office or at home. He will let the patient know when they should schedule their next dental exam to check on their progress. In some cases, further testing may be recommended or the patient may be referred to a specialist.
The cost for an annual dental examination varies among practices, but it averages between $100 and $300. The front office will consult with the patient’s insurance company prior to their visit since most companies cover this cost up to 100%. Patients paying out of pocket may discuss payment options during their consultation.
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Prevent and Protect
Be sure to schedule your annual dental examination with Allred Dental so Dr. Allred can keep your teeth, gums, and jaw healthy. With regular dental exams, he can notice subtle changes that can lead to faster, more effective treatments when problems do arise. A few minutes in the dentist's chair for an annual exam can save you hours of time and discomfort in extensive procedures and recovery time.
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