ORAL EVALUATION & DIAGNOSTIC RECORDS

DENTAL TALK

There is nothing worse than going to the dentist or hygienist and having them use technical terms to explain your dental condition that you have no clue what they are talking about and/or referring to. That said; these two images are of a maxillary (upper) front (anterior) incisor and a mandibular (lower) back (posterior) molar. The different parts of the tooth, gingiva (gums) and bone have been identified.

Anterior (Front) Tooth Parts

Anterior (Front) Tooth Parts

 
Posterior (Back) Tooth Parts

Posterior (Back) Tooth Parts

MEDICAL HISTORY

New patients will be asked to complete a detailed Medical History. This will be reviewed with you to confirm any systemic diseases you may have and/or current medications.

YOUR GOALS FOR DENTAL HEALTH

Prior to any Oral Evaluations et al the dentist or hygienist will spend time understanding what your goals are for dental health? 

EXAMINATION

There are several different types of Oral Evaluations (Examinations) that a dentist or hygienist might provide based on your particular dental condition; a) Limited (typically for an Emergency Visit), b) Comprehensive (typically for a new patient to the practice), c) Periodic (typically for a patient of record), d) Comprehensive Periodontal (typically for patients with signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease and e) Patients Under 3 Years of Age. Depending on the oral evaluation that is best for your dental condition, many diagnostic records are required to provide you with the best care possible.

RADIOGRAPHS/X-RAYS

Radiographs show the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and the composition of your facial bones. They can help detect the presence and/or the degree of Periodontal (Gum) Disease, Caries (tooth decay/cavities), Abscesses and Abnormal Growths (teeth and bone). They require very low levels of radiation, which minimizes any potentially harmful effects.

We use digital x-rays in our dental suites, which use approximately 80% less radiation than conventional x-rays.

Depending on your dental condition, the dentist or hygienist will select from a variety of radiograph/x-ray options available in our dental suites; a) Complete Series (typically 20 periapical and posterior bitewings), b) Individual Periapical or Posterior Bitewing (typically for a Limited/Emergency Visit), c) Cephalometric (typically for Orthodontics “Braces”) and CBCT/Cone Beam Computed Tomography (typically for a Comprehensive examination including Periodontal (Gum) Disease, Dental Implants and Sleep Apnea et al).

INTRAORAL EXAMINATION

Depending on the Oral Evaluation required for your dental condition, the dentist or hygienist will check for the following; a) Missing Teeth, b) Caries (tooth decay/cavities), c) Occlusion (the way your teeth bite together) the videos below demonstrates normal TMJ function, d) TMJ (your jaw joint and muscles that allow you to open and close), e) Periodontal (Gum) Disease (the condition of the gingiva (gums) and bone around your teeth) and f) Oral Cancer Screening.

Video Demonstrates Normal TMJ Function

Video Demonstrates Normal TMJ Function

STUDY CASTS

Depending on the complexity of your dental condition we may require impressions of your teeth together with a bite registration record. These Study Casts are poured in dental stone and mounted in an Articulator (device that simulates your jaw movement). This allows us to evaluate your teeth et al to establish the best Treatment Plan that will meet your Dental Health goals.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Depending on the complexity of your dental condition we may require photographs of your face and teeth. These Photographs will allow us to establish the best Treatment Plan that will meet your Dental Health goals.