About dental exams
When it comes to your oral health, it is best to schedule and attend preventive exams and cleanings to catch minor dental issues before they develop into more serious conditions. These problems can be identified during an annual dental exam for yourself and your whole family. While your mouth is almost always superficially examined during your bi-annual cleanings, a comprehensive dental exam consists of a more thorough analysis. Dental examinations at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. assess your general and oral health by looking for tooth decay, diseases, and signs of oral cancer. Orange, CA dentist Dr. Patrick Yoshikane will determine your need for dental procedures and look for problems with your bite and jaw. Digital images will also be used for a better view of the hidden problems in your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you live near Orange, CA, make an appointment for an annual dental examination for yourself and your family at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the mouth, including the lips, gums, jawbone, salivary glands, tongue, and throat. Each dental exam at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. will include a screening for oral cancer to check for any symptoms, including inflammation, sores, lesions, and lumps. Dr. Yoshikane will also feel your throat and jaw for abnormal growths. Should any areas of concern be discovered, a biopsy may be performed or you may need care from a specialist.
Dental Exam Reviews
"My experience from my first call with Desiree to coming in nervous; was nothing short of compassionate, caring, professional, and sincere. I am so afraid of shots, dentist, and doctors. Dr Yoshikane has a empathetic and caring approach which calmed me and allowed me to get through my emergency procedure. I fully trust the entire team here and have decided to have my entire family make this our dentist of choice. Thank you."- B.O. / Yelp / Oct 08, 2019
"I had my first dental examination appointment with dr. Yoshikane today. It was a routine cleaning and they took dental X-rays. I was refered to his practice by my friend Rick. Dr. Yoshikane’s office was pleasant and professional in setting up my appointment. The dental cleaning and examination was thorough and efficient. At the conclusion of my appointment my expectations were certainly exceeded when dr. Yoshikane gave me a not only the standard toothpaste, dental floss, and toothbrush kit, but I also left with multiple types of hand sanitizers and a box of cookies. This was a memorable dental experience. Thank you dr. Yoshikane and staff!"- P.E. / Yelp / Oct 29, 2020
"I recently was involved in a Bike accident where I sustained many injuries, one of those injuries being my front teeth being knocked out. I was worried, depressed, stressed about finances & in a lot of pain. Luckily after making some calls I was referred to the offices of Dr. Patrick Yoshikane, & I am so fortunate I was. The offices knew my emergency & they were able to fit me in first thing in the morning to make sure I was okay & to fix my issue with my teeth. Upon arrival I was greeted by a wonderful staff who were so attentive, professional, & kind. My injuries were painful, I was upset, hurt & in shock still from the trauma & they did everything they could to make me relaxed, comfortable & at ease. The staff even took time to go over billing options so that I would be able to make it work with my finances which really was amazing to see them go above and beyond to breakdown & explain everything vs most places that just send you home with forms. After meeting with Dr. Yoshikane he reassured me I was in good hands & they were going to help me..... & they did! I left feeling like a new person, able to smile again & feel this burden of depression and stress lifted from shoulders. Every moment spent there was great, each person from their staff was so attentive & caring & answered all my questions, helped me, & made me comfortable. Also their follow up after my appointment has been so impressive & leaving the office I knew I found my new permanent Dentist office. Thank you so much again Dr. Yoshikane & Staff!!! Each of you helped me in my recovery so much & I look forward to seeing you all again & calling your offices my permanent Dentist home."- C.M. / Yelp / Nov 08, 2019
"Dr. Yoshikane and his staff are always so accommodating. Thursday evening I had such a bad toothache, called that evening and was in Friday morning at 6:45. They made me feel so comfortable. His assistant brought me in so fast and in less than an hour I was out the door and feeling much better. Thank you guys for getting me in so quick and thank you Dr. Yoshikane for the follow up call!. I really appreciate it!"- L.H. / Yelp / Nov 17, 2019
"Dr. Yoshikane is amazing! I went in Friday morning to my dentist in south Orange County and found out that I needed a root canal. Since my general dentist does not do them. I was referred out to an endodontist who was very pushy and way overpriced. I called my husband in tears and he reached out to Dr. Yoshikane who totally took care of me. First of all it was Friday his day off and he said how quick can you get to my office. I went straight in. The office staff was warm and kind and did everything they could to help me be comfortable. Even when Dr. Yoshikane gave me shots to numb me I could barely feel it. I was in and out within 40 minutes. His service , dedication, perfectionism and commitment was amazing. He even reached out to me over the weekend to make sure I was doing okay. I would highly recommend him to any friends and family."- S.H. / Yelp / Oct 14, 2019
Best Candidates for Dental Exam
Orange, CA residents of every age should receive an annual dental exam. Some of the most common problems, such as periodontal disease (the top reason for tooth loss), don’t have signs you can see. If problems are found and diagnosed early on, your chances for successful, minimally invasive treatment are outstanding.
The ADA (American Dental Association) suggests that all children visit a dentist before they turn one. Dr. Yoshikane can discuss common issues, including teething, baby bottle tooth decay, and the use of pacifiers. Our team at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. can help you understand ways to clean and care for your children's oral health so they develop good habits early in life. Dental examinations are also important for older children as their teeth, gums, and jaw develop.
What To Expect
Your dental examination will begin with an initial assessment of your gums, teeth, tongue, roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, throat, and other checkpoints. This includes checking for symptoms of oral cancer throughout your mouth. Dr. Yoshikane or a member of his team may take x-rays and check for abnormal gum tissue. Dr. Yoshikane will evaluate your neck, head, and jaw, including the bite and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). He will then discuss anything he discovered, as well as your treatment options. Dr. Yoshikane will go over any other problems you may have, medications you are taking, and if they might affect your dental health by causing tooth decay or dry mouth. Finally, he will check any restorations you have, such as dentures or bridges, to assess the wear and fit.
The follow-up period will be based on the results of your exam. If Dr. Yoshikane doesn't find any issues, then you can follow a regimen of dental health with flossing and brushing every day, plus yearly dental examinations and twice-yearly professional cleanings at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. If Dr. Yoshikane does find a concern that needs to be addressed, procedures can be reviewed and planned.
Since a dental exam is vital to your oral health, it's typically covered by insurance. We can work with your dental insurance company to determine your coverage and any personal expenses. If you don't have insurance, our practice accepts several payment methods, including dental financing. Dr. Yoshikane is happy to work with you to help you afford good dental health.
Annual Dental Exams
Having a healthy mouth means you can't go to the dentist only when something is wrong. Preventive care is vital as it can protect your teeth and save you a lot of money. We suggest seeing Dr. Patrick Yoshikane at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. every year for a dental exam. This can help you to minimize issues by catching and treating them in the early stages. We do our best to make dental exams a pleasant experience for you and your family so that staying healthy is easier. Contact our team in Orange, CA to schedule your appointment.