Every new patient starts with a thorough oral examination. The only exception would be an emergency situation.
Included in the exam is a complete evaluation of all teeth, missing teeth, restorations, and soft tissues, which include the gums, tongue, palate, and other surrounding tissues.
A full series of x-rays is necessary to complete this exam. An oral cancer exam is also conducted and is rechecked at every subsequent cleaning appointment. The TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is also evaluated.
After all information is gathered, a diagnosis will be presented with various options, both restoratively and financially, so the patient along with the dentist can decide the best course of treatment.