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Comprehensive Examination

As a new patient, your first appointment will be reserved for approximately 90 minutes.  During this time, we will review the medical and dental history provided by you.  We will take a series of photographs of your mouth, check your blood pressure and complete a thorough dental examination "from your neck up".  We will check your muscles, your jaw joints, your glands, your gums and your teeth.  We will take a series of small digital radiographs which will provide us with close-up detail of your individual teeth.  We will also take a digital "panoramic" radiograph which will show us your upper and lower jaws, your jaw joints, your teeth and your sinus area.  This radiograph is an important part of our oral cancer screening.  We will also use VELscope technology to screen for any signs of caner.  We will assess your periodontal health by taking measurements of the natural space which exists between your teeth and gums.  Some patients may require diagnostic impressions of their teeth to assess their bite and possible treatment options.  In addition, some patients who have symptoms of temporomandibular joint disease ("TMD") such as clicking, locking or popping joints, frequent headaches, earaches or muscle pain may require additional radiographs or an ultrasound of their jaw joint.

Once we have gathered all of this information, we will be able to develop a treatment plan which will assist you to maintain your oral health and beautiful smile for your lifetime!

This comprehensive oral examination will be repeated every 5 to 6 years to monitor any changes in your overall oral health as your regular "dental physical".

All new patients are asked to complete a detailed health and dental history questionnaire.  Existing patients will also be asked to update their health information approximately every 5 years.  If you have not already received this form, it is available for download from the following links:

Adult Health History.pdf

Children, up to the age of 12, are asked to have the following form completed by their parent/guardian:

Child's Health History.pdf

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