During your first appointment at our office, Dr. White will perform a complete oral examination, including a visual inspection, periodontal evaluation and diagnosis. As part of the visual inspection, we will closely examine your teeth, their supporting structures and the oral anatomy. We will use digital X-rays to diagnose tooth decay, bone loss and other dental problems. We will perform an oral cancer screening, which helps us detect any abnormalities in the oral tissues. This exam is important so that any emerging problematic issues can be detected early, when the conditions are easier to treat.
We will also take periodontal measurements to allow us to evaluate the health of your gums and diagnose any present gum disease (periodontal disease). In addition, we will analyze your bite (occlusion) to identify any problems. In most cases we are able to clean your teeth at this initial visit.
After your examination is complete, Dr. White will review her findings with you so you can better understand the current state of your oral health. She will then recommend the treatments needed to correct any conditions or problems we have detected. Our team will explain your treatment options so you can make an educated decision about your care. We are happy to discuss any concerns you may have about your oral health or about your treatment options; we want you to feel confident and comfortable with your oral health care. Please allow approximately two hours for this thorough exam, X-rays and cleaning.
We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about your initial oral examination and schedule an appointment with our friendly team.