Dental Exams in Laurel, MS

Are you due for a dental exam? If so, visit Laurel Oaks Dental in Laurel, Mississippi! Our dentists are experienced in providing comprehensive dental exams to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. During your exam, we will examine every aspect of your oral health and discuss any potential treatment options with you. We want to help you maintain a healthy smile for many years, and a dental exam is the perfect way to start!

The Importance of Dental Examinations

Taking care of your oral health — including your teeth, gums, and tongue — is crucial. Neglecting it can result in common issues like tooth decay and gum disease, which can be painful and lead to tooth loss.

Poor oral health can have an impact on your overall well-being, too. For instance, losing teeth can affect your ability to eat certain foods or chew properly. By maintaining regular dental check-ups and practicing good oral hygiene at home, you can take proactive steps to prevent oral health problems.

During the Examination

You will receive an X-ray of your teeth and a deep clean from your dentist during the examination. If we spot an issue, we can treat it right away.

Our Equipment

Dental X-rays are radiation-based images used to examine the inside of teeth and gums. They play a crucial role in assessing oral health and identifying issues like cavities, tooth decay, and impacted teeth. The frequency of X-rays is determined by factors such as age, disease risk, and oral disease symptoms.

What can a dentist detect during an exam?

Signs of Tooth Decay

Gum Disease

Oral Cancer

Enamel Erosion


Jawbone Damage

Oral Infections

Dental Damage

Tooth Alignment

Tooth Grinding

Teeth Cleaning &
Dentist Examination

Once your X-ray is finished, your dental hygienist will clean your teeth thoroughly. The cleaning process involves flossing, removing excess buildup on your teeth and gum line, and brushing your teeth. The dentist will then check your teeth to ensure that you are in great shape, and if no problems arise, you are good to go!

Health Counseling

We know going to the dentist can be intimidating and confusing. Don’t hesitate to ask your hygienist or the dentist questions during your appointment. We’re here to help and guide you through your oral care journey.

Dental Exams FAQs

How long do dental exams take?

A dental exam usually lasts about an hour for each patient. However, the duration may vary based on the office's workload and the level of attention your teeth require. If we examine you for potential gum or teeth problems, the appointment may take longer to address those issues thoroughly.

How often should I get a dental exam?

Regular teeth cleanings every six months are highly recommended. This proactive approach allows for early detection and treatment of cavities, gum problems, and even potential cancers, preventing the issues from progressing.

Can my kid receive a dental exam?
Absolutely! Start your child's dental care early at Laurel Oaks Family Dentistry. We provide comprehensive dental exams for patients of all ages.
Are there any risks associated with dental exams?
Dental exams come with minimal risk. The cleaning might be uncomfortable, but it's usually not painful.
Can I receive an X-ray if I am pregnant?
It's safe to get an X-ray when you're pregnant. We will place a shield around your stomach and reproductive organs to protect you from radiation penetration. However, it's always a good idea to talk to your doctor before doing anything while pregnant.
How much does dental insurance cover?
If you have dental insurance, a bi-yearly dental exam is free! However, you should always read what your dental insurance covers to avoid any billing issues or misunderstandings.

Contact Us

(601) 649-3335

Our Address

1434 Parker Dr
Laurel, MS 39440

Business Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

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