If you want to stay healthy, you should try to avoid dental issues and get diagnosed before they develop into bigger conditions. These problems can be identified during a dental exam for yourself and your whole family. While the mouth is checked in your bi-annual cleaning, a dental exam consists of a more thorough analysis. Dental examinations at East Haddam Dental Associates assess your overall condition and your oral health, including tooth and root decay, signs of cancer, and your risk of gum and bone disease. Our team of skilled dentists determines your need for procedures and/or restorations and looks for problems with your bite and jaw. Digital images will be used for a better view of the hidden problems in your teeth, jaw, and gums. If you live near Moodus, CT, make an appointment for a dental exam for your family at East Haddam Dental Associates.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is an abnormal group of cells in the mouth, including the jawbone, lips, gums, throat, salivary glands, and tongue. Each dental examination at East Haddam Dental Associates will include screening for oral cancer to check for any symptoms including inflammation, sores, lesions, and lumps. Our dentists will also feel your neck and jaw for abnormal growths. Should any areas of concern be discovered, a biopsy can be done or you may need care from a specialist.
"I have been a patient of East Haddam Dental for very many years. I have at all times been treated courteously and professionally. Dr. Stofko and now Dr. Goldman have tended to my teeth with a maximum of skill and a minimum of pain. Dr. Pear has also pitched in in their absence when I had an emergency that could not wait. I have never had an issue with the front desk staff. When I have a problem with a tooth they are always sympathetic and do their best to get me an early appointment to get it fixed. As for wait time, my experience is that I'm usually seated within a few minutes of my appointment. On those rare occasions where I did have to wait it was only for 15 minutes or so. I always figured the Doctor was backed up because someone needed extra help and I was just happy not to be that person. Needless to say I am pleased with the quality of care I've received and intend to stay with East Haddam Dental for the foreseeable future."- T.B. / Yelp / Jul 28, 2018
"New patient, had cracked a rear tooth, got me right in and repaired. No pain, great safe place."- J.L. / Google / Jul 21, 2021
"I was changing my dentist and this was my first visit to East Haddam Dental Associates.I found all the people working there very pleasant and knowledgeable and Dr.Goldman was very nice. He filled a few cavities I had and I would like to continue going to East Haddam Dental Associates when the need arises."- W.S. / Google / Jun 09, 2021
"I love East Haddam Dental Associates so much, I’m not sure where to begin. Let’s start with the office staff; Always welcoming and friendly the staff makes me feel comfortable, just like I am at home. When I have appointments I usually arrive at least 45 minutes early simply because I like how the staff treats me. The lady behind the desk actually talks to me as if she likes me. Because 6 months between cleanings is so long, I try to stop by the office for a casual visit in between appointments, and even though they are surprised to see me they let me sit in the waiting room and just relax for a few minutes. The dentist, Dr. Goldman is always very nice and informative. I’m surprised by how much he knows about teeth and the dangers of tooth decay. I call him Josh because he also made me feel right at home and as if I was a friend. He provided excellent service and I will be coming here for all my future dental needs!"- S. / Google / May 27, 2021
"I was very please how professional the staff was .I was scared of going there. They made me comfortable about going there."- J.V. / Google / May 06, 2021
Best Candidates for Dental Exam
Moodus, CT residents of every age should get a dental exam every year. Many people think they are healthy because they don’t have pain in their gums or teeth. Some of the most common conditions such as periodontal disease (the top reason for tooth loss) do not have signs you will be able to detect. If problems are caught early, you are more likely to have more treatment options.
The ADA (American Dental Association) suggests that children visit a dentist before they turn one. A dentist can talk about common problems including using pacifiers, teething, and baby bottle tooth decay. Our team at East Haddam Dental Associates can teach you ways to clean and care for your baby's oral health so they develop good habits early in life. Dental examinations are also crucial for older children as their teeth develop. Even though baby teeth fall out, we will look for issues with development in the jaw and gums.
What To Expect
Your dental exam will begin with an initial assessment of your tongue, gums, teeth, throat, roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, and other checkpoints. This includes checking for symptoms of oral cancer in your mouth. Our team may take digital x-rays and check for abnormal gum tissue. We will evaluate your neck, head, and jaw, including the bite and temporomandibular joints (TMJ) while discussing any concerns discovered and your treatment options. We will go over any other conditions you may have, prescriptions you are taking, and if they might affect your dental health by causing tooth decay or dry mouth. Lastly, we will check any restorations you have, such as bridges and dentures, to assess the wear and fit.
When to schedule your next exam will be based on the results of your exam. If our team doesn't find any problems, then you can follow a home oral care routine with flossing and brushing every day, plus yearly dental examinations and twice yearly professional cleanings at East Haddam Dental Associates. If we do find a concern that needs to be treated, procedures can be reviewed and planned.
Since a dental exam is crucial to your dental health, it's usually covered by insurance. We can talk to your insurance company to understand your coverage and any personal expenses. If you don't have insurance, East Haddam Dental Associates takes several payments, including medical financing. We will work with you to help you afford good dental health.
Annual Dental Exams
True oral health means you can't go to the dentist only when something is hurting. You have to be proactive with preventive care. This may save your teeth and gums, plus a lot of time and money. We suggest visiting us at East Haddam Dental Associates annually for a dental exam. This can help you to minimize problems by catching them in the early stages. We work hard to make dental examinations a pleasant experience for you so you'll enjoy coming back. Contact our team in Moodus, CT to schedule your exam.