What is a Dental Exam?

Generally, during your initial visit to a dentist or a re-visit after a prolonged absence, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental examination. This will include collecting information on the status of your oral health, eating, drinking or other habits affecting oral health. The dentist or a hygeinist will perform a regular dental examination including the following:

  • Checking the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Dental X-rays will be used for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Check the conditions of current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Screening for oral cancer

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar)
  • Removal of plaque
  • Polish the teeth to remove any stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling at the dental office.

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Dr. Smita Warrier

Dr. Smita Warrier graduated dental school in 2004 from Tufts University in Boston. She relocated to Charlotte shortly after and started her practice in Ballantyne in 2007. She is very passionate about dentistry and providing top-notch care to her patients. 

She is a member of the American Dental Association as well as local and state dental organizations. She feels very strongly about staying abreast of the latest technologies and treatment care modalities and dedicates many hours in continuing education. 

She has been an Invisalign certified provider since 2006.

16143 Lancaster Highway,
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC – 28277

704 544 5500

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Friday: By Appointment
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