Initial Comprehensive Examination
Dr. Lane provides an initial comprehensive examination for all of our new patients. This examination includes a thorough review of your medical history, a discussion of your dental concerns and a comprehensive examination. This is followed by a consultation with Dr. Lane to review and discuss his findings and to make a plan for any needed treatment or improvement of your smile.
Our comprehensive examination includes
- An evaluation of all your teeth and restorations (fillings, crowns, veneers, implants etc.) and prostheses (dentures, partials, night guards, sleep/snoring appliances).
- A detailed charting of all of your restorations. We record and discuss with you everything we see. This includes decay, fractures, erosion, abrasion, sensitivities, missing teeth, crowded teeth, and ways that we can improve your smile.
- A complete periodontal (gums and bone) examination to record and evaluate gum pocket depths, mobility (looseness) and recession.
- A head and neck exam and an intraoral soft tissue exam. This examination evaluates your temporomandibular joint, your lymph nodes, your skin and your mouth’s soft tissue for oral cancer.
- Current x-rays are always needed for a thorough oral/dental evaluation. As needed, and with your permission we will supplement x-rays received from a previous dentist or we will take new x-rays.
Periodic Examination (Checkup Exam)
This examination is provided for you twice a year, usually at your teeth cleaning visits. Our hygienist will measure your periodontal (gum) pockets and record a full charting of your pockets once a year. She will also update your medical history and provide a soft tissue oral cancer examination. Dr. Lane will examine your teeth and answer any concerns or questions you may have. Every 1 1/2 to 3 years checkup x-rays will be taken at this appointment.
At this examination we focus on a particular problem or concern, usually an urgent one. Examples are: toothaches, swellings, pain when chewing, sore or bleeding gums, temperature sensitivity, fractured teeth, broken dentures/partials, a broken or lost nightguard or retainer.
An x-ray will usually be needed.