This will be a very comprehensive appointment involving x-rays, intra oral and extraoral photos, full review of medical and dental history, recording of blood pressure, full exam of the teeth to check for decay, cracks, pain, mobility and positioning. We also perform a limited exam of the TMJ and do an oral cancer scan. There will also be time to review all of your dental concerns, your questions, and to discuss a treatment plan.
Digital technology offers less radiation to the patient then conventional films and eliminates the environmental hazardous wastes from the developing chemicals.
Cleaning/ Polishing/ Root Planning and Fluoride:
Our dental hygienists will probe the teeth, check for recession and mobility, provide a thorough cleaning of the root surfaces, polish off stain, apply fluoride if needed and make recommendations for your future appointments and home care.
We generally recommend placing sealants on newly erupted molars of our pediatric patients. Sealants have been shown to lower the incidence of cavities that specifically attack the chewing surfaces of these molars.
A small percentage of the population are true ‘grinders’ and we can make custom night guards to protect the teeth from further night time damage.
Playing sports can be fun, but they can also be risky for your dental health, and can potentially lead to concussions. A custom sportguard will minimize risk and allow you to focus on the game.
Snoring has been linked to TypeII diabetes, Glaucoma, Stroke, Sleep apnea, hearing loss and much more. After referral for a sleep study to rule out severe obstructive sleep apnea, we can have custom appliances made to reduce or even eliminate snoring for our patients and have had great success.
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone! We can work with you to develop a plan to quit smoking and improve your oral health.
Oral cancer scans:
During this exam we will check all oral tissues, feel the skin and the neck to check for irregularities and lesions that may be questionable. We have a Velscope that we can use to look at the tissues and we make the proper referrals to specialists when needed.
Known as the temporomandibular joint, our TMJ analyses can look for conditions like crepitation, subluxation, and deviation.