Dental Exams & X-Rays In Seattle

Providing Examinations with the Latest Technology

When you visit our Seattle dentist practice, you will receive a thorough dental examination by our expert oral care staff, including Dr. Richard Miyata. With the attention to detail that comes from over 20 years of experience, our staff at Zen Dental Center will make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. With every examination, we check for major oral health concerns including tooth decay and gum disease. Our state-of-the-art facility also features the latest in x-ray technology so our dental professionals can identify dental issues such as bone loss or abscesses. Ask about establishing regular checkups to maintain the best oral health.

Dental Examination Process

During a dental examination, our experienced dentist and staff will conduct a thorough cleaning and check for cavities or other potential problems. Even if you brush your teeth and floss regularly, professional cleaning is necessary to remove plaque from your teeth and keep your teeth and gums healthy. The cleaning process involves using a small metal scaler to scrape tartar and plaque from your teeth and rinse it away. We then polish your teeth with a paste and floss to finish the cleaning.

Once your teeth are clean, our dentist will examine whether there are any cavities, problems in your gums or other potential problems like tooth grinding. If we find any problems, we will determine the best course of treatment to improve your oral health and prevent greater issues. Our staff will also go over best practices in oral hygiene to ensure you are taking good care of your teeth and gums in between visits.

Digital Dental X-Rays

The dental examination process can also include digital dental x-rays using the latest in x-ray technology to further identify dental issues. The dental x-ray process allows us to view the structure of your mouth and identify any bone loss issues or abscesses.

Importance of Dental Exams

Regular dental examinations are key to maintaining your oral health and helping prevent significant issues down the road. Even if you brush your teeth regularly, there are still small areas in the mouth that can provide a space for plaque to build up and solidify into tartar, which requires professional removal. Without professional cleanings, tartar can erode teeth and lead to tooth decay, creating a cavity in your mouth that requires a dental filling. It can also lead to erosion in your gum tissues, leading to gum disease, or periodontal disease. That leads to soreness, swelling and bleeding along the gum line and requires extensive treatment to repair the damage.

In addition to removing potentially damaging plaque and tartar, a dental check-up includes a thorough examination of your gums, teeth and bone structure to detect any problems early on. Oral cancer and gum disease can both be treated more easily if caught early on. A professional dentist knows the early signs of these problems and can help catch them early if you go in for regular dental visits. Dental x-rays also allow the dentist to see what’s happening with your bone structure and within the gums, identifying issues like impacted wisdom teeth, cysts or bone decay.

Dental Exams & X-Rays at our Local Dentist

Here at our Seattle, WA, dental clinic, we provide gentle but effective dental services using the latest state-of-the-art technology. We work to ensure you’re practicing proper dental hygiene at home and only ever recommend dental treatments you truly need, so you have the peace of mind that every time you visit you’re receiving the best possible care.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for a complete dental examination contact us or give us a call at (206) 324-1100.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • State-of-the-Art Technology
  • Most PPO Insurance Accepted
  • Gentle but Effective Dental Care
  • Honest, Trustworthy Dental Care
  • Speaks English, Spanish & Japanese
  • Artistic & Technically Proficient Care
  • Generally Sees Emergencies Same Day
  • Convenient Location Near the Light Rail
  • Comfortable, Welcoming, Efficient Office
  • Team Communicates Treatment Plans Clearly
  • Team Takes the Time to Listen & Evaluate All Possibilities
  • We Only Recommend Dental Treatments You Truly Need

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