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General Dentistry KEARNY MESA, SAN DIEGO

For all your dental needs, whether it’s routine cleanings or cavity fillings, Dr. Paulo Cortes and the dedicated team at Kearny Mesa Smile Center provide a comprehensive range of general dentistry services. If you reside in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood or anywhere in the San Diego area, we invite you to call and schedule your annual exam at your earliest convenience. Trust us to ensure your oral health and provide personalized care tailored to your needs.

What Happens During a Routine Dental Visit?

During a routine dental visit, Dr. Cortes and his staff perform various essential tasks to ensure the health and well-being of your teeth and mouth. The dental hygienist will prepare you for your cleaning, inquire about any changes you may have experienced since your last visit, and may take X-rays if necessary.

Once your teeth have been cleaned, Dr. Cortes conducts a thorough examination of all the structures in your mouth. If no cavities are found, he discusses any concerns you may have and provides recommendations to improve your oral care routine. In the event that a cavity is detected, you can choose to have it addressed immediately or schedule a follow-up appointment for treatment at a later date. Rest assured that Dr. Cortes and his team are committed to delivering personalized care tailored to your dental needs.

What Does Dr. Cortes Look For During Your Annual Exam?

During your annual exam, Dr. Cortes conducts a comprehensive evaluation of both your teeth and the soft tissues in your mouth. He carefully examines for areas of plaque accumulation, identifying areas that may require improved brushing techniques. Moreover, he diligently searches for cavities, cracks, and minor fissures that could potentially escalate into more significant dental issues in the future.

When assessing the soft tissues of your mouth, Dr. Cortes looks for indications of gum disease or periodontal concerns. He also examines for any lesions or abrasions that might be associated with regular use of dental appliances. Should any issues require attention, Dr. Cortes will discuss them with you and provide appropriate recommendations or treatment options.

For minor issues that do not currently pose a problem, Dr. Cortes takes note of them and continues to monitor their progression to ensure they do not worsen over time. If any changes occur, he can implement the necessary corrective measures as needed, prioritizing your dental health and well-being.

How Often Do You Need to Have X-rays Taken?

The recommended frequency for dental X-rays is typically every two to five years, as advised by dental professionals. For most individuals, there is minimal structural and oral health change that would necessitate more frequent X-rays. However, if you visit Dr. Cortes and he identifies a potential cavity or other issues, he may recommend an X-ray to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

While X-rays are safe, they may not be necessary unless you are experiencing dental or jaw pain. Additional X-rays are typically taken only if potential issues are detected that could pose problems in the near future. If Dr. Cortes observes signs of changes, he may request a second set of X-rays to monitor the situation effectively.