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Dental Diagnostics

Every dental appointment in our office includes four main parts – diagnostics, examinations, cleanings, and consultations. We begin by gathering diagnostic images. These digital images and x-rays allow us to clearly see the whole smile, and we can share these images with you to help you better understand any oral health concerns and potential treatments. By viewing diagnostic x-rays and images on chairside monitors, patients have better understandings of their own oral health and can truly partner with dentists in creating their personalized dental care plan.

Examinations & Screenings

Once we’ve captured the diagnostic images, the dentist will carefully examine your smile visually and manually, screening for warning signs of common oral health conditions including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Bruxism – teeth grinding and clenching
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Oral cancer

Professional Teeth Cleanings

A skilled hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth. Even the most thorough daily brushing and flossing can miss small crevices and pits in the surfaces of teeth. Your professional cleaning will ensure there is no undetected plaque or tartar buildup to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Dental Consultations

This may be the most important part of the biannual checkups and teeth cleanings. We’ll sit down with patients one on one to discuss any oral health concerns we uncovered, carefully explain all of the possible treatments, and create a plan to achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles going forward. You’re always welcome to ask questions, but the one on one consultation at the end of your appointment is a great time to discuss any questions or concerns and get answers from your caring dentist.

Importance of Maintaining Regular Dental Checkups

Without regular dental checkups, you are more likely to experience tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health concerns. Most dental insurance providers cover the 80% or more of the cost of preventive dental appointments, but the more advanced treatments are covered at lower percentages. Regular dental appointments will save you the added expense of more advanced treatments as well as keeping your smile healthy. In addition to diagnosing common oral health concerns, many overall health conditions have oral symptoms, and dentists may be able to diagnose these conditions in early stages.