Diagnostic & Preventative

Consultations

We know that it is essential for patients to feel absolutely comfortable when choosing a dentist as well as a “dental home”. You are also invited to meet our staff, see the office, and ask us any general questions you may have about dentistry. It would also be our pleasure to discuss your individual needs and desires for a beautiful smile after we have collected the necessary information about you through examination and diagnostics.
Diagnostics

In order to insure success in our procedures, we take the necessary time to fully and thoroughly evaluate your present dental condition. We use the appropriate diagnostic tools such as digital X-rays, models, photographs, visual examination, intra-oral video camera, full periodontal exam, cancer screening, and esthetic evaluations. Our goal is to give our patients the necessary information and education so that they may enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for many years to come.

Professional Cleanings

At your professional cleaning appointment, the hygienist removes the tartar or calculus build-up, which you are unable to do by yourself through brushing and flossing alone. The hygienist also polishes the teeth, making it more difficult for plaque to adhere to teeth. Your hygienist can inform you about areas in your mouth where you tend to have calculus build-up, so you can concentrate on these areas during your daily maintenance. Our hygienists are happy to offer you instruction on improving your brushing and flossing habits and techniques. If you do show signs of periodontal disease, depending on the severity, your treatment plan may include special cleanings or procedures, with the goal of returning the gums back to good health.

Care for Special Restorations

We believe a good foundation is the key to optimal oral health, therefore, our periodontal care is of utmost priority. We customize cleanings to properly care for your specific periodontal (gums & bone) needs. Whether a six month checkup or full periodontal therapy, our hygienists will always strive to provide the very best treatment while maintaining your absolute comfort. You can even watch a movie while you visit! Try it, we know you’ll like it!

Complete Oral Examinations

When a patient goes to the dentist for a checkup, the last thing he or she wants to think about is serious illness. Many people think that worrying about decay and periodontal disease is quite enough. Nevertheless, the mouth is a complicated place. While there are pathological processes unique to the mouth, many diseases not automatically thought of as “oral” may also occur or manifest themselves in this location. One such disease is cancer. There are nearly 30,000 new cases of oral cancer each year in the United States, and eight thousand people die each year (2-3% of cancer deaths).

The risk factors are well known, and have been for years. Tobacco use, alcohol, and chronic sun exposure are all associated with oral cancer. People who both use tobacco and drink are at much greater risk than those who have only one of these risk factors. It should be noted that smokeless tobacco appears to be no safer to the mouth than smoking. Smokeless tobacco has gotten increasing attention as it has become more popular.

Since early oral cancers are painless, they may be easily overlooked. This is why our doctors and hygienists check your mouth for any suspicious lesions during your dental examination.