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Friday, September 16, 2011

What Makes a Healthy Smile?

While we consider everything we do to be aesthetic, our first priority is the health of your smile--your teeth and gums.

A comprehensive exam is not necessarily where all of our patients start in our practice, but it's where we like them all to end up eventually. In other words, some patients first find their way to our office because of a specific problem that needs to be addressed. We focus on resolving that issue first, especially when someone's in pain, but then direct the patient to return for a comprehensive exam so we can make sure to prevent these urgent situations from popping up again by catching emerging conditions before they become a problem. Without a good, healthy foundation, every trip to the dentist will be for urgent care.

The comprehensive exam includes a thorough examination of all teeth and soft tissue in the mouth, checking lymph nodes in the neck, and screening the jaw joints for any signs of trouble. Every tooth is recorded in your clinical record along with any existing restorations or conditions, and every tooth is screened for signs of gingivitis or gum disease.

We also screen for signs of other medical conditions and refer to a physician when appropriate for further examination and proper diagnosis. For example, excessive plaque could be a sign of heart disease; lesions on the inside of the mouth could be a sign of autoimmune disorders, HIV, diabetes or leukemia; and the size of a patients neck or the anatomical shape of the palate could create a liklihood of sleep breathing disorders such as snoring or sleep apnea. Because people generally see their dentist twice a year for exam and cleaning, it's possible that the dentist may see important signs and symptoms before a physician.

All of our findings are presented to you, the patient, to give you a clear picture of where you are with your oral health as well as what's ahead on the horizon, options for improvement, and necessary care to restore or ensure your optimum oral health. In the absence of any pressing needs or desires, a schedule is established for routine care visits on a continuing basis for long-term health. If conditions are present that require restoration, we can make a plan to move through treatment all in one visit for your convenience and comfort, or we can phase the treatment to completed over a period of time.

And to alleviate your concerns over the financing of your dental care, we can handle all the details of filing your insurance and make arrangements so the financing of your deductibles and copayments will not put a strain on your family budget. But rest assured that the doctor's decisions and recommendations for your oral health will always be based on what's best for you, rather than on what the limitations of your insurance policy will allow.

Our mission is to provide honest, ethical dental care to enhance the quality of your life at a fee that's fair and commensurate with our level of service, years of experience and the materials we use for your treatment.

posted by MoreSmiles at 8:47 AM

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