The most important component to any dental examination is the development of
mutual respect between a patient and a doctor. We feel this can and should be
established via an understanding of a patient’s needs and concerns prior to an
A comprehensive dental examination should include an evaluation of all
structures related to the oral cavity important to optimal esthetics and function.
Extra-orally this includes thorough examination of: facial proportions, muscles
attached to the temporal mandibular joint (TMJ), the TMJ, facial and oral
esthetics, head and neck skin evaluation, and lymph node palpation. Inside the
oral cavity a thorough examination includes evaluation of: the oral cavity soft
tissue and musculature, periodontium (gums and bone), teeth, tooth restorations,
tooth pathology, occlusion (“bite”), and dental esthetics. Radiographic and
photographic evaluation is generally necessary to solidify dental related findings.
In addition to the data gathered during an examination, diagnostic stone casts
(replicas) of one’s teeth are used to help evaluate and plan the best possible
treatment option(s) to restore oral health, comfort, and function.
The information gathered from the examination is used to identify the etiology
(source) of your oral condition and to engineer a plan to correct it with proper
education and the most predictable treatment options available for your mouth.