We take clinical photos to examine the following:
- Facial asymmetry
- Development of the Face/Jaw
- Evaluation of the occlusion (BITE)
- Visualize the Oral Airway
- Tongue Posture
- Hard and Soft tissue Pathology
- Communication with Specialist and Labs for interdisciplinary care
Oral Cancer Evaluation
Intraoral and Oropharyngeal evaluation at New Patient exams and every check up appointment.
TMJ Health and function
Evaluate risk factors for TMJ deterioration that could lead to pain, locking, decreased Range of Motion, and bite changes.
Bite Function (Occlusion)
Rule out bite function pathology which would increase risk of tooth wear, tooth fracture, bite changes, tooth sensitivity and pain and tooth loss.
- Worn teeth – understanding the etiology causing to prevent and rehabilitate pathological bites
- Identify if it is due to TMJ joint changes
- Associated with an Airway problem
- Need for orthodontics
Screen for Sleep Disordered Breathing Problems
Sleep disordered breathing is a spectrum, which can eventually lead to obstructive sleep apnea.
- UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome) – Mild Restriction of the airway: Can be due to blockage of the the Nasal airway, the Oro-pharyngeal airway or combination.
- OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)
- Identify contributing factors in the developing child which inhibit ideal facial growth and development, which not only improve facial esthetics but lifetime health by minimizing risk for Sleep disordered breathing and TMJ problems.
Tethered Oral Tissue
Tongue tie and its effects on tongue mobility
- Preventing Lip Seal – associated with mouth breathing
- Poor tongue posture/ swallowing
- Causing Jaw / facial muscle tension
Evaluation of teeth
- Risk factors for dental caries
- Dental erosion
- Dental attrition (tooth wear)
- Fractured teeth
- Condition of existing restorations
Evaluation of the gums, ligament and bones that support the teeth.
- Goal is to examine how healthy the supporting structures around your teeth are. Are you at risk for gum recession, increased tooth mobility, or tooth loss? What can we recommend to prevent the progression of disease?
- Based on evaluation we can recommend what type of cleaning therapy and frequency of preventive care is most appropriate for you.
Cosmetic Dentistry is more than tooth whitening and Veneers. Rather, cosmetic dentistry is the understanding what makes a smile attractive and knowing how to create a roadmap to get there. Dental whitening and Veneers are some of the techniques used, but there has to be a clear end vision in mind.
Digital Smile Design: We take photographs, facial scans and correlate the images with digital intraoral scans of the teeth. From there we can begin a digital design to enhance your smile.
- Veneers – we work with highly skilled dental lab technicians/ ceramists to design natural looking veneers with texture, variation in color and shape. The goal is not to have a fake “Chicklet” look. To obtain a natural and highly esthetic result requires a lot of pre-planning and communication between the dentist and ceramist. The dentist needs to understand the principles of designing a beautiful smile and communicate it effectively so that the ceramist can execute the vision.
- Minimal Prep Technique – First Fit Guided Minimal prep same day Veneers ( case selection is important for minimal prep technique/ not ideal for all situations, but we would advise)
- Go! Whitening
- Opalescence Custom Tray Whitening
- Boost: in office touch up treatment
- KOR combination Custom Tray whitening + In office treatment
- White Spot Treatment’s – Opal luster
- Non vital bleaching – Dark tooth from a previous Root canal treatment
Specialist Treatment – sometimes to achieve ideal esthetics we find tooth, gum-line, and jaw position are not ideal. When needed we work with specialist to assist in the smile design treatment process. This may include.
- Orthodontic Treatment – to get the teeth where they belong
- Gum Lift – to treat a gummy smile
- Gum Graft – to add to areas where the gum tissue is receded. Or thin.
- Dental Implants – To replace missing teeth
- Orthognathic surgery – where the jaw is underdeveloped and compromising function, health and esthetics.