There is no average mouth. Every individual is unique and it is important for us to get to know you before we recommend any specific treatments. When you visit us for the first time, we will organise a comprehensive and very comfortable dental examination to get a good idea of where you are today. Your first dentist visit exam includes:
Radiographic Examination and assessment
Dental X-rays (digital low dose radiographs) are vital to diagnose the health of tooth structure. Decay and irregularities or defects that cannot be detected by a clinical exam are readily seen through a series of x-rays. We take x-rays of all teeth and both upper and lower jaws.
Oral cancer can be prevented if diagnosed early. Every visit will include a detailed screening to ensure no signs of oral cancer are detected.
Head and Neck Examination
We examine all areas surrounding your mouth that can contribute to your dental health. Muscles of the head and neck, salivary glands, and lymph nodes all effect proper function of the oral cavity.
Assessment of Functional Occlusion
During this exam, we note the skeletal position of your jaw and evaluate the alignment of your teeth their function together.
Soft Tissue Examination
Your mouth is more than just your teeth. Your cheeks, tongue, soft palate and surrounding soft tissue all contribute to your dental health and we will screen for any signs of abnormalities.
The shape of your palate and the size of your tonsils and tongue greatly contribute to your ability to breathe comfortably during the day and night. Evaluation of these structures will help us determine the cause of any snoring and or sleep apnea issues.
Tooth by Tooth Exam
To keep every tooth in your mouth healthy, we must understand its current condition. We value the integrity of each tooth above everything else. Evaluation of your existing fillings and crowns is necessary. We strongly encourage preventative non-invasive treatments rather than restorative treatment at a later stage.
A smile is a unique mechanism, as each person has a distinctive definition of a perfect smile. It should look natural and match the twinkle in your eye. We can assist you to keep or change as much as you would like to achieve your perfect smile.
Personalised Periodontal evaluation
The periodontium (gums and surrounding bone) provide the basis for healthy teeth. We closely examine the health of the tissue around each tooth and determine the maintenance interval that is specific to you to keep your gums in optimal health. We will also provide you with a thorough cleaning. Due to the length of your initial visit, we often schedule this portion on a following visit.
Long-term preventative Plan
Once we are finished, together we will discuss all of our findings. We want to understand your personal dental goals, from healthy gums and teeth to cosmetic concerns. We will often request a time to sit down and determine what is most important to both of us and devise a unique preventive treatment plan.