This visit includes a clinical examination, recording findings, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take x-rays, which includes the panoramic x-ray for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth as well as the bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth.
The first step in every treatment is the diagnosis and this involves clinical examination, dental photographs, dental casts, dental radiographs, and laboratory examinations. All of these procedures help the dentist provide a level of care that is specific to the needs of the patient.
Intraorally, the normal state of the oral cavity is compared to what is present. The condition of the teeth, gums tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, palate and other pertinent structures are studied. Extraorally, the condition of the lips, the muscles of mastication and the appearance of the jaw is examined. Facial symmetry is assessed and the overall condition is taken into consideration. A comprehensive examination of the case is very important; only then can a definite treatment plan can be designed.