To keep yourself healthy, you should endeavor to have any dental concerns assessed by a professional as soon as possible. This way, you can receive treatment before anything has the chance to develop into a larger issue. These problems can be identified during an annual dental examination for yourself or your whole family. While the mouth is examined superficially during your bi-annual cleaning, a dental examination consists of a more thorough evaluation and often involves the use of technology. Dental examinations at Finest City Dental assess your total oral health by looking for tooth decay, disease, and any signs of oral cancer. General dentist Dr. Nick Dovey will determine your need for any procedures and look for problems with your bite and jaw. Digital images can be used to provide a better view of the hidden problems in your teeth, jawbone, and gums. If you live near San Diego, CA, schedule an appointment for a dental examination at Finest City Dental.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is characterized by abnormal cell growth in the mouth, including the gums, lips, jawbone, tongue, salivary glands, and throat. Each exam at Finest City Dental will include a screening for oral cancer to check for any symptoms, like inflammation, sores, lesions, and lumps. Dr. Dovey will also feel your jaw and throat for any abnormal growths. Should any areas of concern be discovered, a biopsy can be performed, or you may be referred to a specialist for additional care.
"Dr T is the Most Amazing Dentist in San Diego. Our family has been going to him for 10 years. He is the Best!!!"- C.D. / Yelp / Jan 08, 2019
"A Great big THANK YOU to Dr Dovey and Lexy as well as the rest of the crew for taking such great cave of my oral needs."- B.N. / Yelp / Mar 06, 2020
"Lexi was so amazing and did such a great job of making sure I was comfortable and well taken care of! She was so sweet and friendly through the entire process and it was so nice to have someone was so comforting! Many people are scared of the dentist - If you are one of those people I 1000% recommend you come see Lexi and Dr Dovey because they are so friendly and make sure you are so comfortable! I will be going to them for the remainder of my time in San Diego"- J.H. / Yelp / Mar 05, 2020
"I have been going to Dr Dovey for the past year. I have had two cleanings, fillings repaired and even a chipped tooth fixed. The chipped front tooth was my most recent appointment. The chip was really bad and I didn't even want to smile. Dr Dovey understood the embarrassment that I was experiencing and handled me with pure professionalism. Shannon was amazing getting me an appointment right away and Dr Dovey made my tooth look like nothing ever happened to it. It is a good feeling going to a dentist that you can trust. Dr Dovey and his staff are very honest and professional. My husband has recently started going to Finest City Dental and he has experienced the same satisfaction. Thank you Dr Dovey and his team at Finest City Dental!"- S.F. / Yelp / Feb 16, 2020
"Came in today for a cleaning. Dr. Dovey and his team were great. Happy to have found a new dentist in San Diego."- E.D. / Yelp / Nov 14, 2019
Best Candidates for Dental Exam
San Diego, CA residents of every age should attend an annual examination. Some of the most common oral issues, such as periodontal disease (the main cause for tooth loss), often do not exhibit signs that are easily perceivable. If concerns are noticed early, you will have more treatment options and a better chance at a full recovery.
The ADA (American Dental Association) suggests that babies visit a dentist before they turn one. Dr. Dovey, who has extensive pediatric dentistry experience, can discuss common concerns and ways to address them, including teething, using pacifiers, and baby bottle tooth decay. Our team at Finest City Dental can talk to you about methods to clean and care for your baby's oral health so they can develop good habits early in life. Dental examinations are also vital 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, inside your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, and other checkpoints. This will include checking for symptoms of oral cancer. Dr. Dovey or a member of his team may take digital images and check for the existence of any abnormal gum tissue. He will also evaluate your neck, head, and jaw, including the bite and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). From there, he will discuss any issues discovered and your treatment options. Dr. Dovey will go over any other concerns you may have, prescriptions and supplements you are taking, and discuss if they might affect your dental health by causing tooth decay or dry mouth. Lastly, he will check any restorations you have, such as crowns and dentures, to assess the wear and fit.
How soon you need to return to our office will be based on the results of your exam. If Dr. Dovey doesn't find any concerns, you can simply continue to follow a regular dental health regimen with flossing and brushing every day while attending your yearly dental examinations and twice-yearly professional cleanings at Finest City Dental. If Dr. Dovey does find a concern that requires treatment, procedures can be reviewed and planned.
Since a dental exam is important to your health, it's often covered by insurance. We can contact your insurance provider to calculate your coverage and any personal expenses. If you don't have insurance, Finest City Dental accepts several payments, including medical financing. Dr. Dovey can work with you to help you afford good dental health.
Annual Dental Exams
Keeping your mouth healthy means more than going to the dentist only when something is wrong. You need to actively seek preventive care at least once a year. This could end up saving your mouth from future problems, as well as save you a lot of money and time. We do everything in our power to make dental visits a pleasant experience for all patients so that keeping yourself healthy can be easy and stress-free. Contact our team in San Diego, CA to schedule your dental exam.