Diagnostic Evaluation

Dental Evaluations in St. Cloud, MN

A general and cosmetic dental diagnostic evaluation is a crucial step for the health of your teeth, especially if you haven’t visited a dentist in more than a year. A dental evaluation involves examining the health of your teeth and gums, diagnosing any potential problems, and developing a treatment plan to best care for your oral health going forward.

Our team at Friesz Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in St. Cloud, MN, provides top-quality preventive care and general dentistry services, helping keep your teeth and gums healthy and beautiful.

What is a dental exam?

During a dental exam, we thoroughly examine and evaluate your current dental condition and smile to determine what treatment is needed going forward. We first clean your teeth to remove any built-up plaque and tartar while checking for any cavities or signs of gum disease. We will also check your face, neck, and mouth for any abnormalities that could indicate the presence of oral cancer or other oral health conditions. During a diagnostic evaluation, we also complete a set of dental X-rays to better assess the health and structure of your teeth.

From there, we share your options and plan an effective treatment with you depending on your situation. This includes discussing your diet and oral hygiene habits and providing you with the tools you need to practice good oral hygiene at home.

Importance of routine dental evaluations

No matter how diligent you are about brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis, oral health problems can still develop over time. Left unchecked, things like plaque buildup and infection can cause significant health problems, including gum disease or severe tooth decay. During a dental evaluation, our skilled team can check for all these issues and develop a treatment plan to halt the worsening of any problems we find. Some of the aspects we check for during dental evaluations include:

  • New cavities that need fillings to prevent them from worsening
  • Risk of tooth decay and root decay
  • Signs of gum disease, or periodontal disease that can cause bone and gum loss in your jaw
  • The alignment of your teeth and any potential need for tooth removal or realignment procedures
  • Your bite and jaw alignment, including signs of teeth grinding or TMJ pain
  • Your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
  • Weakness or deterioration of existing dental work, including bridges, crowns, and fillings

A dental exam can also include screening for signs of other health conditions, including diabetes, leukemia, high blood pressure, oral cancer, sinus problems, or cardiovascular problems.

At Friesz Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide both cosmetic and general assessment during our dental evaluations, discussing your overall concerns about your oral health and providing you with options to achieve your brightest, most beautiful smile. From dental implants and dental bridges to crowns and dental fillings, we can provide you with the care and treatment you need to have healthier, more beautiful teeth.

Call us at (320) 253-1370 today for a dental evaluation!