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Dentistry Memphis

What to Expect at Your Next Dental Exam

A dental patient, smiling broadly as a dentist holds tools to her mouth, preparing to conduct a dental examThe experienced, highly talented team of professionals at Southwind Dental Care understands that a beautiful smile is founded upon a solid base of good oral health. In order to maintain this base, and to avoid the severe problems that will require more extensive restorative dentistry procedures down the road, it is necessary that patients undergo twice-yearly dental exams. This is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), and it is something that Dr. Timothy Messer and his staff agree with wholeheartedly.

At Southwind Dental Care in Memphis, dental exams are carried out with the same meticulous attention to detail and dedication to quality that are the hallmarks of our cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures. You can rest assured that you and every member of your family will be in the best and most caring of hands as we thoroughly examine your mouths, using the most sophisticated diagnostic technology to identify potential oral health problems in even their earliest, most subtle stages, when they can be most easily and inexpensively treated. We will also provide you with a professional cleaning that will remove plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush and dental floss cannot reach, helping to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. By visiting our practice twice a year, you can actively help to ensure that you and your family will have healthy, happy smiles for a lifetime.

What else can you expect from your initial exam at Southwind Dental Care? We think you’ll discover a dental experience unlike any you’ve ever had.

Your Next Dental Exam

As part of your first exam at Southwind Dental Care, you will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Messer for a one-on-one, confidential consultation. During this consultation, you can discuss:

  • Your goals for dental treatment.
  • Your past experiences with other dentists, as well as dental work you have already undergone.
  • Your medical history, including medications you take regularly, allergies you have, and any special needs or illnesses of which Dr. Messer should be aware.
  • Any anxiety you have about undergoing dental work.

Your comprehensive dental exam at Southwind Dental Care will include:

  • A thorough examination of your mouth, including a clinical evaluation of your teeth and screenings to detect periodontal disease, oral cancer, and other tissue abnormalities.
  • X-rays of your mouth to detect problems with your teeth, gums, and jaw that are not detectable to the eye.
  • An examination of your head and neck, including the lymph nodes and salivary glands.
  • A professional cleaning of your teeth and gums.
  • An evaluation of your bite (i.e., how your upper and lower teeth come together).
  • Tips on how you can better care for your teeth at home between dental visits.

If you are given a clean bill of dental health, we will congratulate you and ask you to visit us for your next exam in approximately six months. If we detect any oral health problems, we will explain our findings to you and recommend a treatment plan. We may schedule a follow-up consultation, during which we can discuss your treatment options more fully and arrive at a course of treatment that is best suited to your case.

Schedule Your Next Dental Exam

To schedule your next dental exam at our cosmetic, restorative, and family dentistry practice, please contact Southwind Dental Care today.

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I have been to several dentists in the Memphis Area and I have finally found THE ONE!! Dr. Messer is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have complete confidence in any procedure that he performs and I can't imagine ever going to any other dentist.

-Meredith Page B.