Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination consists of a visual exam, a complete series of X-rays, periodontal probing of your gums and a tissue exam for any abnormalities.
- The visual exam gives an overall view of the condition of your teeth and gums and any obvious pathology.
- For your first visit, we like to have a full set of X-rays which shows the radiographic view of your teeth and supporting bone. This is your starting point with us. It shows any abnormalities of the teeth (decay or abscesses), fillings, crowns, root canals, or any lesions in the bone, not seen with the visual exam. Sometimes we may take a panoramic Xray instead to show the position of impacted wisdom teeth or if the patient has no teeth.
- Periodontal probing is the diagnostic method for diagnosing periodontal disease. The measurements obtained give a view of the architecture of your supporting bone, and can result in a diagnosis of Periodontal disease. We do this for all of our patients.
- Oral cancer is on the rise. It is painless and usually detected during a dental exam. ( Dr.: "Does this hurt?" Patient:"Does what hurt?")Lesions are white (30% of these become malignant) or red (80% of these become malignant). We recommend a more specific test called Vizilite and then a biopsy and removal.
The information from these is used to create your treatment plan.
Frequently the first visit is an emergency visit. We want you to come in as soon as possible to handle this. There are small openings in the schedule for this, but sometimes you have to wait a little, especially if we can do something to help you. Otherwise, we take an x-ray of the affected area, Dr. Christian examines you and gives you a diagnosis, and prescribes a treatment to correct or alleviate the situation. Sometimes we may not be able to do any definitive treatment, and depending on the situation, you may be given a prescription for an antibiotic and reappointed. We always handle the emergency before moving on to any other treatment.
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures. Read More...
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Read More...
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Read More...
Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco. Read More...
Invisalign's® invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners will give you the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted. And best of all, no one can tell you're wearing them. Invisalign is great for adults and teenagers. Read More...
Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue. Read More...
Our goal is to help you to minimize the risk of emergency treatment. This is why we commit a generous amount of time designing a Lifetime Treatment Plan that will help you to offset the possibility of unforeseen pain or tooth breakage.Read More...