We will take an in depth look at your gum tissue, specifically, absence or presence of gum and tissue inflammation or jaw bone loss. When left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to irreversible loss of the jaw bone and subsequently the loss of teeth. We can do this by taking some simple measurements of the gum tissue around each tooth.
We will do a thorough examination and detailed charting of existing dental restorations, the condition of individual teeth, and the presence of tooth decay or infections.
We look carefully for the presence of occlusal disease, which is often the cause of tooth pain, neck, facial and TMJ pain, headaches, and excessive wear patterns and/or broken and cracked teeth.
Soft Tissue Examination and Cancer Detection
We will conduct and in depth evaluation of the head, neck, face, lips, tongue, palate, floor of mouth and intraoral mucosal tissue noting any asymmetries, tissue changes, growths, or color changes. The American Cancer Society reports that 39,500 people will get oral or oropharyngeal cancer annually. An estimated 7,500 people will die of these cancers. Early detection can greatly increase the survival rate of these types of cancers.
We spend individualized time with each patient discussing any specific cosmetic concerns and desires they may have. Dentistry has advanced in very exciting ways, presenting many options for esthetic improvement and function… ask us! We look forward to discussing individualized options available to you!