The road to a healthy mouth begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health. Your first visit will begin with a review of your medical and dental histories, which will give us an understanding of your background and any special considerations that may affect your dental care. We’ll then take a look inside your mouth. People tend to think of dentists as "tooth doctors," but we actually specialize in the well-being of the entire oral cavity. This entails careful inspection of your mouth’s inner linings, gums, tongue, lips, and jaws. From there, we move onto the teeth. Documenting your existing dental work in addition to any new conditions requiring treatment will allow us to develop a comprehensive and organized plan for your care. To aid in the diagnostic process, we may take some x-rays, which give us a glimpse "under the hood" and allow us to see conditions in your teeth or jaws which might not be readily apparent to the naked eye. Finally, we will take a look at your bite. A healthy bite is the foundation for healthy teeth, and so we will check that your teeth come together favorably and that the forces of chewing are evenly distributed across many teeth. By the time your examination visit is complete, we’ll have an excellent understanding of your needs, and can make recommendations for your continued care.
But the most important part of your visit is to share your motivation for coming to see us. Whether you are in pain, have a cosmetic concern, or simply just want a check-up, we are committed to understanding your needs and involving you in the planning process.