Comprehensive Dental Exams

When you come to Orange Grove Dental in New Port Richey, you will find that Dr. Srividya Vulugundam and their professional, caring staff are focused on giving you their full attention and making dentistry more affordable. At Orange Grove Dental, we want you to have a healthy and functioning mouth through regular dental checkups, regular dental cleanings, and the treatment you need.

We strive to make dentistry as affordable as possible, and our dentists do not shorten the time they spend with you or alter the quality of their work. We give you the full attention and genuine care that you deserve.

A new patient exam is a 90-minute appointment. Later, when you are an established patient, we update your medical history and dental records annually. Because people of all ages should have regular dental exams, Dr. Vulugundam will do a thorough exam and guide you in the frequency of visits that is best for your needs.

During your comprehensive exam, Dr. Vulugundam will converse with you about your medical and dental history. She will spend some time getting to know you and your concerns. During the clinical exam, she will evaluate the health of the soft tissue of your mouth, jaw joints, and teeth. She will examine you for oral cancer and palpate your jaw muscles looking for tenderness—as this can be indicative of clenching, grinding, poor occlusion (how your teeth come together when you bite), and problems of the jaw joint. She will examine your gum tissue, looking for the telltale signs of periodontal disease, including gum recession, bleeding, inflammation, and redness. She will also search for small red or white lesions, which are signs of possible oral cancer. If she sees anything out of the ordinary, she will refer you to a specialist for further examination and biopsy.

When Dr. Vulugundam conducts a visual exam of your teeth, she will look for small cracks and structural flaws, signs of excessive wear from teeth grinding or tooth-on-tooth contact, and external signs of decay. Because cavities are often invisible to the naked eye, we will take digital radiographs. These digital radiographs are essential in diagnosing decay and structural problems in individual teeth. As she is examining your digital x-rays and examining your mouth, she will converse with you about what she is finding and the possible causes of any uncovered problems. Any discovered dental or gum disease should be treated as soon as possible to halt the progression of disease and minimize the dentistry you will need over your lifetime.

Together, with Dr. Vulugundam, you will look at your smile and talk about the concerns you may have about the appearance of your teeth and gums. If you have a desire for changes that will enhance your appearance, she will spend time talking to you about what is possible and the treatments she would recommend for a healthy smile makeover.

Dr. Vulugundam is very gentle and thorough during her exams. The entire staff is friendly and looks forward to getting to know you and serve you. If you have delayed exams and treatment, and know you are in need of dentistry, be assured we are compassionate and want the best for you. Don’t be afraid to call us. If you are anxious about dentistry, it may help to know that we are experts in helping patients feel at ease.

The Importance of Regular Checkups

Routine exams are essential if you want to preserve your teeth and enjoy ongoing oral health. If a problem goes unnoticed and untreated, it may advance quickly to circumstances that require more dentistry at more cost. Based on your oral health circumstances, Dr. Vulugundam will recommend a frequency of appointments for dental cleanings and checkups, as well as for any recommended restorative treatment. You will receive individualized care that addresses your oral health needs and caters to your preferences.

Scheduling Your Exam

To schedule an appointment, you may request one online, give our office a call at 727-645-6943, or stop by the office during office hours and speak to the receptionist. We look forward to giving you and your family the friendly and fine dental care you deserve.