We pride ourselves on being very different from most other dental offices you may have visited. Your first visit begins with our complete examination of your entire masticatory system. We will check your periodontal condition (gum disease), the health of your jaws (TMJ, TMD), the health of your teeth, your chewing muscles, and perform an oral cancer screening.
The periodontal examination begins with measuring the area between the gum and the tooth. This will tell us if there is any disease present in those areas. We will then check to see if your teeth have any unusual movement or loss of gum height around each tooth. This is done to make sure that the bone and gum tissue around each tooth is able to support the tooth properly. A thorough oral cancer screening will also be performed to rule out any pathology (disease).
The joint examination is next. We will be checking many aspects relating to your joints such as how far you can open, whether there are any pops, clicks or grating sounds present, and whether you are experiencing any pain or headaches. We sometimes will use Doppler auscultation (ultrasound) to listen to you joints in order to help determine their health and stability. Certain x-rays may be required to help confirm a diagnosis. An examination of the muscles of the head and neck will also be performed.
Your teeth will then be examined for unusual wear, broken fillings, decay, missing teeth, cracked teeth, painful teeth and more. If needed, diagnostic casts of your teeth will be recommended so that we may be able to analyze the way your teeth come together in order to check if your bite is even and smooth.
Once this has all been completed, we will review all of the information gathered and then have a consultation with you to discuss our findings. Plenty of time will be available for discussion and any questions that you may have. It is our goal to educated you as to what a healthy mouth is so that you can keep your whole mouth healthy for a lifetime. Complete oral health is our goal.