New Patient Exam
Your first regular visit with us will consist of a full, comprehensive oral examination by your dentist. We will provide an extended examination and diagnosis of your teeth, gums, soft tissue, oral cancer screening, jaw and TMJ issues, and general condition of the bones in your face and jaw around your mouth. A series of xrays will be performed during this appointment as well, in order to accurately diagnose any issues.
The Recall Exam
Usually done every 6 months, along with one of your hygiene visits, this exam will be a full mouth check up to revisit any ongoing concerns, identify any cavities or new concerns and sometimes will involve new radiographs to be taken.
The Emergency Exam
This exam is performed on a patient who comes to us with and immediate concern about one particular tooth or area. Your dentist will concentrate solely on the area of concern, rather than your whole mouth.
In the early stages of oral cancer’s development, it often is painless, and the physical signs may not be obvious. This makes it a very dangerous disease. Our practice uses a device called the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System. Along with our conventional oral screening exam, we can use the VELscope to see beneath the surface to detect potentially dangerous growths we might have otherwise missed.
The VELscope exam takes about two minutes as part of a regular check-up, involves no pain or inconvenience, and is completely safe. Oral cancer is discovered in the late stages in about 70% of the cases and often that is simply too late!
The contact between your teeth is called occlusion. This is the contact between your upper and lower teeth when biting down and chewing, or simply resting with your mouth closed. When your occlusion is “off”, you can suffer a great deal with skeletal, TMJ, muscular and nerve pains throughout your mouth, face and neck. We use a device called the Occlusense, similar to T-Scan as shown in the video, which gives us an accurate digital picture of exactly where your occlusion is off. Treatment recommendations for correcting this will be dependant on the results of the occlusal analysis.
Digital Radiography’s (x-rays) reduce radiation by 70% compared to traditional film x-ray’s. Traditional film also requires toxic chemicals to develop your image, chemicals that need to be disposed of weekly. Digital x-ray’s uses a sensor instead of film, the sensor has many advantages. It instantly displays an clearer, more detailed image making it more diagnostic. This will help your dental health professional devise a treatment plan specialized for you that helps keep your health and maximize your time and money!
Panoramic Radiography (Pan) gives your dental Professional a comprehensive view of your mouth and face anatomy on a single computerized image within 30 sec. This machine will allow you to stand-up during exposure and requires you to bite down on a tiny plastic stabilizer using only your front teeth. This is an excellent option for children and adults that are unable tolerate the size or placement of an x-ray sensor. This comprehensive view of your mouth will show us images of all your teeth, and the basic anatomy from eyes to chin. This machine will help us prevent serious oral disease by detecting it early. This is also used to get a full view of all your wisdom teeth.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography
Cone-beam computed tomography systems (CBCT) provide three-dimensional image that gives you and your dental professional a blueprint of the structures of your face and mouth. A CBCT machine has an arm that rotates around you, while you are standing, and it uses a specialized x-ray beam that captures a computer image more detailed than a sensor or Pan. You and your dental professional can now see both your hard and soft tissue allowing us to better formulate more thorough treatment plan that is specialized to your needs and budget. This is most often used in implant and endodontic treatments.
The intra-oral camera is invaluable assessment tool that allows both you and your dental professional to snap clear pictures inside of your mouth. It helps us to better explain a specific tooth situation or symptom you may be feeling by viewing a tooth at different angles and up close. An intra-oral camera has the capability to see microscopic cracks in a tooth before it completely fractures requiring costly treatment or removal. It is also used to see slight tissues change the colour and texture associated with gum disease.