Dr. Julie D. Messerly DDS

The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist at least twice a year.  Regular exams are important to assess possible problems such as gum disease, oral cancer, and cavity development.   

Your comprehensive dental exam will include:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs):
    Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.

  • Oral cancer screening:
    Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.


  • Gum disease evaluation:
    Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.


  • Examination of tooth decay:
    All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.


  • Examination of existing restorations:
    Check current fillings, crowns, etc.


Catching problems early prevents bigger problems from developing which usually ends of saving you both time and money.