Your First Visit
Once we review your dental and medical history, our clinical staff will gather some specific data in order to facilitate your treatment and your dental exam. The initial step will be to acquire radiographic images of the bone and teeth which include a full mouth series of x-rays. This is the most conservative and basic radiographic survey we can provide our patients. We use Digital Radiographic equipment to complete this process. The bitewing x-ray helps to detect cavity detectors and the periapical x-rays help us detect any periapical pathology and generalized bone loss.
Our hygienists will next gather data on the health of the bone around your teeth and your gums. They will complete a comprehensive periodontal exam in order to measure the depth of the pocket between your gums and your teeth. If no gum disease is detected through these measurements, the next step will be to have a regular teeth cleaning. If however, gum disease is detected, Dr. Crawford will visit with you regarding how to care for your condition and a treatment appointment will then be scheduled. Please be aware that if active gum disease is detected, we will be unable to clean your teeth during your initial visit.
Dr. Crawford will visit with you in order to discuss your concerns and needs. A thorough and comprehensive exam will include oral cancer screening, review of x-rays and periodontal findings and a clinical exam of your oral cavity to review the teeth for any cavities, fractures or other adverse conditions. Afterwards, you treatment options will be presented and any questions or concerns you may have will be addressed.