Dental Exam Specialist

John D. Aiken, DMD -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Inverness Smiles

John D. Aiken, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Birmingham, AL

Dental exams are the foundation of good dental health, and a need that should never be overlooked. For residents of Birmingham, Alabama, and the surrounding region, John Aiken, DMD, and the team at Inverness Smiles offer outstanding dental exams for people of all ages. If you’re overdue for a professional dental exam, call the office today to book your visit. Online scheduling is easy, making it simple to schedule a time that fits your busy life.

Dental Exam Q&A

What is a dental exam?

A dental exam is a visit centered on checking your teeth, gums, and oral tissues to search for signs of decay or disease. These visits require no advance preparation and take very little time.

If Dr. Aiken detects areas of concern, he will explain all available treatment options. You’ll receive all the details you need to make an informed decision about your care. 

Most people benefit from having a professional dental exam once every six months. This gives Dr. Aiken a chance to detect dental issues in the earliest possible stages, when treatment is most effective and more of your natural tooth tissue can be preserved.

While oral cancers are rare, they can also be very serious. Dr. Aiken and his team have the skills and experience needed to detect even minor changes in your oral tissues. If additional screening is needed, you’ll learn about your next steps. 

If you’re considering cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, or aligners, Dr. Aiken can explain the pros and cons of various options. You can even learn about financing options during your visit.  

How can I prepare for my dental exam?

There’s no need to do anything special in advance of your dental exam, but it can be helpful to make a list of any questions or concerns. Maybe you are thinking about how InvisalignⓇ can transform your smile. Or perhaps you’re wondering if mouthwash is really worth the effort? Your dental exam is the setting to get these and other questions answered. 

If this is your first dental exam, you may need digital imaging to gain deeper insight into your tooth and bone tissue. These take just moments to complete and are absolutely painless. 

What is a professional teeth cleaning?

For many people, this is the best part of a dental exam. A professional teeth cleaning removes all traces of plaque and tartar, leaving your teeth gleaming and smooth. 

This is another great reason to come in for regular dental exams. A professional cleaning goes far beyond even the best at-home dental care. Your practitioner can even remove plaque and tartar between your teeth and all along the gumline. 

Scheduling your professional dental exam and teeth cleaning takes just moments online or over the phone, so don’t delay.