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Do you do a thorough and comprehensive examination?

I love my exams. The first thing I do, I sit down and talk with my patients. I want to know what’s going on with them, so that I can treat them better. I want them to know a little bit about me. I love my exams. The first thing I do, I sit down and talk with my patients. I want to know what’s going on with them, so that I can treat them better. I want them to know a little bit about me. 

Frequently, I’ve found that new patients who have a high level of anxiety about dentistry, become much more relaxed about the visit. After the initial conversation, I then do an oral cancer screening. After this, I do an examination of the teeth followed by the gums. Then I use a joint vibration analysis machine to check the TMJ. You may know this as the jay joint. 

Additionally, if the patient has a history of pain, we do a head, neck and muscle exam, and we take photographs of your teeth and any necessary x-rays. Last, but not least, we do a T-Scan, which is the little wafer you bite on to show how your teeth come together. 

If it sounds like a lot, it is, and that’s because after more than 40 years as a dentist, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there are no shortcuts.