Dentist New Albany
For established patients, this exam involves the doctor doing a complete evaluation of your teeth, your gums and your bite. He will review any new x-rays, and will answer any questions and address areas of concern that you may have.
For new patients, this exam involves many of the same procedures as a periodic exam, taken a step further. We will take complete dental and periodontal records and chart all of your existing conditions and restorations.
Oral Cancer Screening
If you are a smoker or smokeless tobacco user, you are in primary danger of developing oral cancer. More than 8,000 deaths were attributed to oral cancer in the past year. We are committed to the prevention of oral cancer through the early identification of pre-cancerous conditions, and we provide oral cancer screening at each preventive appointment.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Our doctor will examine your gum tissues to ensure that gum disease, which can cause bone loss, is detected in its early stages. Because bone loss is a significant consideration in determining the outcome of restorative and cosmetic treatment, we take the health of your gums and bone tissues very seriously.
The force of your bite can sometimes affect the positioning of jaw and teeth. Through minor polishing of the enamel surfaces or smoothing fillings of the teeth, the doctor can help redistribute and redirect the biting forces. Adjustments to chewing surfaces can often eliminate headaches that occur as a result of irregular biting patterns.
During this visual examination, the doctor locates areas of decay on chewing surfaces and between the teeth.