This is where we begin our relationship, one that we hope will last many years. At this first appointment, we spend the time necessary to complete a very thorough clinical examination of your teeth and supporting and surrounding structures. But also and sometimes more importantly, we take the time to have a conversation and find out about you, and help you guide us towards an appropriate treatment plan customized for you. This time is roughly broken into four parts:
- A functional examination of your bite, your jaw muscles and jaw joints
- A structural examination looking at teeth for problems such as dental decay, cracks and fractures
- A biological examination of gums and supporting structures, an oral cancer screening and screening for pathology in bone and soft tissues
- An aesthetic examination if it is important to you. We are happy to help make your smile the best it can be
We may choose to take dental radiographs in consultation with you, and we generally take a series of photographs of your teeth as well.
This examination is generally between 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours long. We will review the information we collect that day if any issues we find are straightforward, however if our findings are more complex, we will ask you to return at a different time to review and discuss them.