What Is a Comprehensive Dental Exam? IntroductionI meet the patient in the waiting area, introduce myself and then ask them a little bit about themselves to get to know them better and put them at ease with me as their student-dentist. What Does the Patient Want?I ask the patient why they came to the school for treatment. I also ask what they expect from their treatment and what kind of dental work they want to have done. Medical HistoryI
What is Periodontal charting? Highlights: A periodontal chart is a graphical tool for organizing all the important information about your teeth and gums. A dental instrument is used to measure in millimeters (mm) the area between the gum and the tooth, called the “pocket.” Your dentist, hygienist, or dental assistant creates a dental chart of your mouth at a regular checkup. Dental charting is a process in which your dental healthcare professional lists and describes the health of your
Dental Caries Dental cavities are holes (or structural damage) in the teeth.Caries ExamWe use X-rays and a visual exam with an explorer to check for caries (or cavities). We also use a special intraoral camera that has a filter on it and is connected to a camera to detect caries. Check it our here. Causes Tooth decay is a common disorder, second only to the common cold. It usually occurs in children and young adults, but can affect any person.
Your jaw joint is called the TMJ or temporal mandibular joint. We use an instrument (pictured) with a set of very sensitive microphones to listen to your joint and see if there is any pathology present. We can also take an X-ray of the joint itself to see what kind of shape it is in. Sometimes another type of X-ray called a cat-scan is needed to view the contents of the joint.
An intraoral camera is a device we use to give you the opportunity to view your entire mouth on a computer screen. You will be able to see conditions in your mouth magnified at 25 times normal that you didn’t know existed. Cracked teeth and broken fillings and small carious lesions will be apparent to you and to the dentist.
The Vita Easyshade® 5.0 is one of the latest innovations in cosmetic dentistry to revolutionize the way we create dental restorations. This digital shade-matching device can be used to create restorations that seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth with an exceptional outcome. Inside your mouth, there are countless shades contained within your natural teeth. The Vita Easyshade® 5.0 allows Dr. Wayne Miles to select the shade for your porcelain crown or porcelain veneer that can produce the most natural-looking
DOE SE Oral Cancer Detection Kit is a simplified version of the DOE oral exam instrument for oral cancer screening. It uses patent-pending collimated LED Beam technology and custom high-contrast fluorescence viewer for direct detection of oral lesions without the need of rinsing the mouth. The small solid-metal high power cordless wand enables both extra and intra oral access for early detection of both traditional and HPV virus associated oral cancer.
Dental X-Rays Dental X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them to help find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination. Dental X-rays may also be done as follow-up after dental treatments. The following types of dental X-rays are commonly used. The X-rays use small amounts of radiation. Bitewing X-rays show the upper
Your dentist can determine if you have halitosis during your dental exam and recommend treatment. The most common cause of bad breath is from poor oral hygiene. Having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis will help this. Also using a mouthwash that contains hydrogen peroxide or chlorhexidine will also help. Flossing and brushing your tongue will help also, as will good brushing and using an electric toothbrush. Halitosis can be caused by medical problems with the stomach or lung
Sometimes tonsils and adenoids can obstruct the airway, particularly in children. When children have an obstructed airway from large tonsils and adenoids, it is hard for them to keep their airway open at night and get a good nights sleep. When adults don’t get a good nights sleep, they get tired. Children, however get hyperactive during the day when they don’t get a good nights sleep. If you child has been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or is overly hyperactive,