This initial consultation allows us to become familiar with each patient by collecting essential information about his or her health history, lifestyle, and oral health situation. Following the patient interview a clinical oral exam is performed and, in more complex cases this visit may involve more than one specialist.
The initial visit usually lasts 30 to 60 minutes depending on the complexity of the situation. During the initial visit radiographic examinations may be recommended in order to further evaluate clinical findings and to formulate an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan. Our office is equipped with state of the art radiographic technology able to produce both bidimensional and 3D images important for an accurate diagnosis. The proposed treatment plan will be developed on a timeline necessary for optimal therapy but it will take into account the specific needs of each patient.
We believe in the individuality of every patient and our attention is focused on creating a treatment plan that is right for you.
The Orthopantomograph, also called a panoramic radiograph, is used to obtain a global view of the superior and inferior dental arches as well as the osseous structures that support them. This type of radiographic evaluation is used to evaluate:
• Gross carious lesions
• Wisdom teeth prior to extraction
• Impacted teeth which have not erupted
• Dental arch alignment
• Mandibular and maxillary bone prior to implant placement
• Presence of granulomas or cysts
Full mouth radiographs
Complete dental x-rays consist in numerous intraoral radiographs, which reconstruct accurately both of the dental arches. This exam allows for a detailed analysis of each individual dental element (tooth) in order to accurately diagnose dental decay and osseous resorption and is prescribed for patients who have extensive dental restorations or defects of the supporting hard or soft oral tissues. This radiographic exam is painless but does require patient collaboration: The radiographs which are exposed to ionizing radiation are placed inside the mouth of the patient usually stabilized with a plastic x ray holder held in position by having the patient bite on it.
Bitewing radiographs are performed by placing the dental x-ray inside the patient’s mouth in a position, which captures the coronal portion of both the upper and lower teeth. This type of radiograph allows for an accurate diagnosis of dental decay, especially interproximal decay, which forms between the contact points of adjacent teeth. The name derives from the fact that the intraoral radiograph is held in place by biting on a perpendicular plastic positioner.
Cone beam computed tomography is a radiographic exam in which the x-rays are divergent forming a cone, which then produces a high-resolution 3D image, while at the same time reducing patient exposure to ionizing radiation (6 times lower with respect to traditional CAT scans). In addition to visualizing the dental arches the CBCT allows for the examination of nervous structures, airway passages, and paranasal sinuses allowing the practitioner a complete overview of the oral cavity quickly and with minimal biological invasion.