We believe that a thorough examination is essential for us to be able to make an accurate diagnosis of your dental health. This examination includes asking you about your medical and dental history, performing an oral cancer screening, checking periodontal health, assessing for TMJ, recording and photographing nuances in your mouth and taking digital X-Rays of what we cannot see with our eyes alone.
We reserve one hour for a complete adult new patient examination. Since adults present a wide range of periodontal needs, there is no way for us to know in advance how much time to allow for a hygienist to perform a dental prophylaxis at the initial examination appointment.
A child’s initial examination usually involves a health history, any previous dental history, a visual inspection, X-Rays, a cleaning, and a fluoride treatment. Every attempt is made to make a child’s first appointment as pleasant as possible. Some children are not ready for all parts of the initial examination. We attempt to proceed at a pace comfortable for the child and perform only those parts for which the child is ready. The emotional mood of a child’s first dental experience often lasts a lifetime. We want that experience to be a pleasant one.