Preventative Services

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Examinations

  • Comprehensive
    As a new patient, your records will be initiated with a comprehensive examination to establish an extensive evaluation and recording of all extraoral, intraoral and soft tissues.  During this examination the doctor will determine your treatment needs, provide you with answers to your questions, and establish a treatment plan.
  • Periodic 
    After initiating your record with a comprehensive examination, the dentist will monitor your oral health status with periodic examinations every six months.  The purpose of this examination is to detect and prevent new cavities, reassess previous treatment, monitor gum or bone recession, and screen for oral cancer.
  • Emergency 
    In the event of an emergency, the providers welcome new and current patients alike.  You are welcome to call to schedule an appointment or walk-in and they will do there best to see you immediately.  If the office is closed, please seek treatment from the nearest emergency room.

Radiographs

  • Panoramic
    Commonly used for evaluating surgery and orthodontic cases, the panoramic radiograph is a single image on which the supportive structures of the lower half of the face and a full view of the entire dentition is depicted.
  • Full Mouth Series
    When completing a comprehensive exam it is necessary to utilize radiographs as a diagnostic aid.  The most common is the full mouth series of which is comprised of a complete set of single images that the dentist uses to determine the health of the teeth within a patients mouth.
  • Bitewings
    Often utilized during periodic examinations, bitewings are a set of four single images that provide an overview of the teeth of which assist the doctor in determining if there is any decay or abnormalities since the patient’s last visit.

Prophylaxis
The experienced hygiene staff is dedicated to improving your oral health by reducing excessive plaque buildup and removing calcified plaque (calculus).  This is accomplished by the use of electric scalers, hand instruments, and oral health instruction.  In addition, to maintain diminished levels of plaque buildup, semiannual examinations and cleanings are recommended.

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