New Patient Exam for Optimum Oral Health
Optimum oral health is achieved through both preventative care, and the early detection and treatment of problems that do occur. Our highly trained, experienced doctors will conduct a very gentle, thorough examination of your entire mouth that includes your gums, teeth, bone structure, lymph nodes and jaw joints.
Digital X-rays and intraoral cameras
We begin your new patient examination with high quality digital X-rays that capture detailed images, yet emit very low levels of radiation. Digital X-rays provide us with information about diseases of the teeth and gums that can’t be detected during a visual examination.
Digital X-rays provide an invaluable tool for early detection of decay beneath a filling, bone loss, infections or abscesses in a root canal and abnormal growths. X-rays are also used when preparing for procedures such as dental implants or orthodontics.
We also use intraoral cameras that transmit images of your mouth to a monitor, allowing you to see exactly what we see.
Personal consultation and review
We will review your dental and medical history, and discuss your goals for your oral health and smile with you. We’d also like to know if you are anxious about receiving dental treatment and would like to pursue the option of oral or IV sedation for certain procedures.
Your doctor will show you the results of the digital X-rays and the images from the intraoral camera. These visuals help you understand what problems need to be addressed, and provide us – and you – with a clear picture of the state of your oral health.
We listen carefully to your concerns, answer any questions you may have and explain all procedures thoroughly.
Your doctor will evaluate your mouth on a tooth-by-tooth basis, checking for signs of decay, abnormal wear or erosion, and for gaps between your teeth where food may get trapped and lead to decay and gum disease.
Periodontal (gum) exam
Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease and strokes, making the health of your gums as important as the health of your teeth. Your doctor will gently probe the space between your teeth and gums to determine if there are signs of gum disease. When disease is present, gums pull away from teeth, leaving “pockets.” Deeper pockets are signs of more severe gum disease.
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults and needs to be treated immediately.
We also evaluate your existing bone structure and assess factors that influence the predisposition for gum disease, including chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes and habits such as smoking.
Oral cancer screening
Although oral cancer is actually rare, we like to err on the side of caution and conduct a thorough screening during all examinations. If anything looks suspicious, we take a swab or biopsy and send it to our state-of-the-art lab for analysis.
Dr. Kenner can help you have a beautiful, rejuvenated smile.
If you have come to our practice because you would like to improve the aesthetics of your smile, we conduct specific cosmetic analyses during your initial examination. We talk with you to understand what you do and don’t like about your smile, and what you may want to change.
In addition to X-rays and photography with the intraoral camera, we will also take external photos to analyze the shape and form of your smile, as well as the smile line. We create study models to use as three-dimensional mockups of your new smile. With study models, you can see and approve the proposed changes prior to undergoing any procedure.
Dental implants and rehabilitative consultations
For patients who are missing teeth, or have teeth that cannot be saved, we frequently recommend dental implants. Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth and also help deter bone loss.
If you are considering one or more implants, or an implant-supported bridge or denture, we use our high-tech CT cone beam scanner to get a comprehensive, three-dimensional image of your jawbone.
The CT scan will show us how much bone you have available to support an implant, and exactly how dense the bone is. This enables us to precisely plan implant procedures in advance, making the actual surgery quick, accurate and minimally invasive.
Personalized treatment plans
Once you and your doctor have discussed your goals, he will provide a detailed treatment plan that outlines the procedures that best fit your individual needs. As always, the proposed procedures will be explained in detail and all your questions will be answered.