The comprehensive or new patient examination is a process in which the doctors and dental assistants take the necessary records to provide a thorough diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan. This examination will include:
Oral Cancer Screening
If you are a tobacco or smokeless tobacco user, you are in primary danger of developing oral cancer. More than 8,000 deaths were attributed to oral cancer in the past year. We are committed to the prevention of oral cancer through the early identification of pre-cancerous conditions, and provide oral cancer screenings at each preventive care appointment.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Drs. Nick and Nate Pound along with our dental hygienists will examine your gum tissues to insure that any gum disease is detected in its early stages. Because bone loss is a significant consideration in determining the outcome of many traditional dental restorations as well as cosmetic treatment, we take the health of your gum and bone tissues very seriously.
During all continuing care examination, Drs. Nick and Nate Pound along with the dental hygienist may locate areas of decay on chewing surfaces and between the teeth. Your dental provider will use both a clinical exam and x-ray findings to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your oral needs. Early cavity detection, prompt treament and good home care will keep dental restorations as minimal as possible while maintaining good overall oral health in a tooth's natural lifetime.
Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Examination
TMJ is a condition that afflicts thousands of people. Frequent indicators of TMJ include popping and clicking of the jaw, limited jaw function, pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back, and pain and pressure in the face and ears. We provide conservative therapies that can alleviate this painful and frustrating problem.