An exam is included annually by the dentist to address any findings and issues that are seen during your visit. The dentist will review the x-rays that are taken and will conduct a physical exam of the mouth. The exam is done annually as a part of the dental hygiene visits, but can also be done separately if the patient has an area of concern. X-rays of the area will be taken and a physical exam by the dentist will be conducted as well. The dentist will then go over a treatment plan with the patient on the next steps needed to take care of any areas of concern.