You deserve to feel confident in yourself and in your smile. The treatment provided by Dr. Soll and the Aesthetics in Dentistry team is designed around achieving this goal. We take a Complete Health Dentistry™ approach to care, beginning with a comprehensive oral examination. We are proud to offer patients from Yonge, Midtown, Eglinton, and the Toronto area care customized to their needs.
The Comprehensive Oral Examination
We assist our patients in achieving their oral health goals by taking the time to first familiarize ourselves via our Comprehensive Oral Examination. Through this exam, we are able to better understand, monitor, and protect our patients’ smiles.
We recommend the Comprehensive Oral Examination for all new adult patients and for existing adult patients every three to five years, or as needed based on changes in oral hygiene or health.
There are several points covered in the 90-minute oral examination:
During your initial visit, we will discuss the use of any medications or supplements, tobacco and alcohol use, and dental and medical history, including any adverse or allergic reactions you or any family member has had to anesthesia.
We will make note of any changes in oral or general health, including medications, health concerns, hospitalization, or surgery, and will update records accordingly when performing examinations on existing patients.
Full physical examination of teeth, gums, head and neck
The visual examination of teeth and gums provide us with information that will alert us to problems such as cavities, bite issues, and gum disease. A check of all hard and soft tissues involves also assessing the functionality of jaw joints by evaluating movement as well as palpating for tenderness in the jaw or joints.
Gum health is assessed through physical examination of color, texture and connection to teeth. Using a probe, your dentist will measure multiple areas between each tooth and gum tissue. Gum health will also be evaluated through the assessment of tooth mobility and the presence of bone loss, if any.
Bite is assessed, with notation made of spacing issues as well as concerns such as overbite or underbite.
Oral cancer screening
Screening for oral cancer includes the palpation of lymph nodes in the head and neck. Using the VELscope Vx, we also examine all areas of the mouth, including the inner and outer lip area, cheeks, behind the molars, the hard and soft palates, and the floor of the mouth. Over three-quarters of oral cancers are detected visually and manually. We believe in giving our patients the best potential for early detection via the Comprehensive Oral Examination.
Digital x-rays and digital photographs
New patients of Aesthetics in Dentistry receive a full set of digital x-rays. Existing patients will receive select digital x-rays as needed. X-rays allow us to quickly detect abnormalities to oral structure that we would otherwise be unable to see. Showing us a clear view of teeth and bone, x-rays give us the most comprehensive data from tip to crown, including irregularities in bone and gum tissue, not to mention cavities.
We believe our patients deserve to feel confident in their smiles and to enjoy optimal oral health. Call our Toronto dental office to schedule your Comprehensive Oral Examination at (416) 789 1372.
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