Exam and Consultation

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Dental Exams

Periodic exams are an important part of preventative health care. After x-rays and digital diagnostic photos have been taken, one of our dentists will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and mouth to look for any signs of dental problems.

Each visit will be different based on your situation, but generally, check-ups include several steps. We start by reviewing your concerns, dental chart, and medical history so we can determine the most appropriate care for you. We recommend a check-up at least every six months so we can identify and prevent a variety of oral health problems. With regular exams, we can detect problems early and help you maintain your oral and overall health.

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Digital X-Rays

The computer era has brought a new technology called radiography with which we use computerized equipment and software to capture x-ray images of your mouth and teeth. Radiographs, commonly known as x-rays, help the dentist see beyond the surface of your teeth to diagnose problems such as cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, abscesses and can show the location and condition of impacted teeth. We do this by exposing a small sensor or plate that feeds the image into a computer. Digital x-ray technology enables more efficient diagnosis and treatment because it provides a large, easy-to-see image, and it allows us to make adjustments and see details in the x-ray images.

Oral Cancer Screenings

We perform a thorough oral cancer exam during your checkups because early detection can save your life. Oral cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the mouth and throat. During the exam, the doctor feels for lumps or abnormal tissue changes on your neck and inside your mouth. We may also do additional testing or use specialized equipment to identify any suspicious areas, particularly if you’re at higher risk, such as adults over 40, anyone who uses tobacco, especially those who also drink alcohol excessively, or people who have had oral contact with the human papilloma virus.

Consultation

Periodic exams are an important part of preventative health care. After x-rays and digital diagnostic photos have been taken, one of our dentists will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and mouth to look for any signs of dental problems.

Each visit will be different based on your situation, but generally, check-ups include several steps. We start by reviewing your concerns, dental chart, and medical history so we can determine the most appropriate care for you. We recommend a check-up at least every six months so we can identify and prevent a variety of oral health problems. With regular exams, we can detect problems early and help you maintain your oral and overall health.

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Digital X-ray and/or CT Scan

First our dental radiologist takes digital X-Rays of your teeth.

Professional Consultation

We will discuss your primary issues and your wishes concerning your teeth.

Dental Examination

This is followed by a professional examination of the teeth and gums.

Complete Treatment Plan

We devise a complete treatment plan for restoring your healthy smile.
MEET OUR DOCTORS

Award Winning Dentists

Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you to create a comfortable and stress-free experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT

Fill out the form and we will contact you during our working hours. Urgent dental care will be provided usually the same day.

INSURANCE

Santa Barbara Family Dentistry works with most insurance plans and would gladly submit a claim to your insurance company for your service. We are very knowledgeable when it comes to dental insurance and will assist you in understanding how your dental plan works and how to maximize your dental benefits.

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620 W Main St

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 922-7725

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