Initial Consultation

Initial Consultation

Consultation:

The art of listening and knowing what questions to ask will help our team understand your dental needs so that we can address your concerns.

Examination and diagnosis:

Complete examination allows us to identify your needs and develop a diagnosis. Together we will create a treatment plan that suits your needs and goals both functional and cosmetic. Click here for information on diagnostic digital photography and computerized imaging.

While everyone loves a beautiful natural smile, we all want to keep our teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. Optimal oral health can be achieved. It starts with the first visit!

Upon entering the office you will be greeted by Joann or Elaine, our front desk coordinators. They will escort you to our reception area and help to make you comfortable. Shortly you will meet Kelly, Jen, or Angel, our dental assistants, who will accompany you to the treatment rooms.

They will take time to get to know you and discuss your dental concerns as well as a brief review of your medical and dental history.

Dr. Steinberg or Dr. Misher will then greet you and begin the comprehensive examination process. It is important to get to know each other for that is the basis of a good relationship. We will discuss your dental Initial Consultationconcerns, your desires and expectations from dental care now and in the future. Are there any specific matters you wish to discuss: cosmetics, ability to chew, missing teeth, food getting caught, bad breath, bleeding gums, past dental problem, etcetera. During those conversations you may find that the topics go off on tangents that may not be just dental, but related to your total health and well being. Optimal care involves you…not just your teeth.

Medical history is reviewed and its relevance to your dental care is discussed in detail. Many people today take medications and have medical conditions that directly affect their dental health. It is nice to know that you are being well cared for.

You are encouraged to ask questions at any time. If it is important to you, it is important to us.

The chair is reclined and we start with an Oral Cancer Screening. We first take a close look at your face and skin that is visible. We will evaluate your lips, cheeks, floor of your mouth, roof of your mouth and tongue. While our hope is that we will find nothing of concern, if there is something, it is best to catch it as early as possible. This screening is also performed at each hygiene visit.

There are three types of dental disease. Periodontal (gum) disease affects the gums and bones that support your teeth in your jaw. Tooth disease has to do with decay (cavities), old fillings, inlays/onlays and crowns (caps) in and on teeth that may be worn or crumbling and not functioning the way they were originally designed. Any prosthesis (bridge, denture or partial denture) is evaluated for proper working condition. Occlusal (bite) disease is affected by the way the teeth hit each other as our jaws move consciously or while we sleep.

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss after the age of thirty-five. We will evaluate your status and make recommendations for professional care and personal home care to achieve a level of optimal health and stability. Keeping the bacterial infections of periodontal disease under control will not only keep your gums healthy, but will help keep other parts of your body healthy too! (See Q&A)

Anything that is subjected to mechanical forces will wear and tear over time. Our teeth and bodies are no exception. Given the fact that we subject our teeth to enormous forces, stresses and strains on a daily basis, it is no wonder that our dentistry can wear out. Sometimes there is not enough time in the day to brush and floss properly. Sometimes our diets are not the best. Xerostomia (dry mouth) also can have an effect on how susceptible we are to decay. (See Q&A) All of these situations have an effect on tooth disease.

Occlusal disease, bite disease, occlussal dysfunction, or TMJ (jaw joint) are several names that affect how our teeth move and function. Your teeth will be evaluated on how they have worn and their effects on the masticatory (chewing) muscles and jaw joint. Many times people are told they need root canal or have defective dentistry when the source of their problem is their bite. Your TemporoMandibular Joint (TMJ) will be evaluated for its stability and motion. (See tab on headaches, facial pain, and TMJ/ occlusal dysfunction for more information)

Additional aspects of a comprehensive evaluation include a complete set of x-rays, diagnostic mounted study models of your mouth and diagnostic photography of your face and teeth.

This initial consultation usually encompasses an hour. From this we can either start to plan a course of care or if your needs are greater, we will schedule more time for a more detailed comprehensive evaluation. Once all the data is gathered, Dr. Steinberg and/or Dr. Weger will take time to study all the gathered information and develop a plan that addresses your concerns and a road map towards predictable, lifetime dental care. At a subsequent visit there will be a discussion of how to best proceed to meet your goals.

You will leave our office realizing your initial experience was focused solely on your needs.

 

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Teamwork

From our caring staff to our dedicated doctors, one things for sure, You'll be receiving "Dental Care at It's Finest" as soon as you walk through our door.

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We're  dedicated to making a difference in the care and experience that our patients receive. We are committed to providing optimal dental care, thoroughness and excellence. Our goal is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy and naturally beautiful for a lifetime.

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