The first step is to make you relaxed
and comfortable. From the comfortable environment in
our reception area to the soothing environment we have
created in our treatment rooms, no detail is too small
when your comfort is concerned. Our caring, professional
staff are committed to creating a stress-free environment
for your comfort.
All of our treatment rooms feature headphones
and television for your relaxation during your visit.
We also have comfortable pillows and blankets
for you to use.
Does Your Dentist Need a Checkup?
Here's what a top-notch dentist should be doing
at least once a year, says Christine Dumas, DDS, consumer
advisor for the American Dental Association and a practicing
dentist in Marina Del Rey, CA.
Take a comprehensive dental and health history.
Particularly if this is your first visit, the dentist
should get a detailed health history, including
any medications you may be taking.
Take x-rays. A first visit should include
a full series of x-rays (16 to 18) that includes
shots not only of decayed surfaces, but areas between
teeth, beneath the gum line, and the jawbone. This
provides a baseline upon which to compare your oral
health in the years to come. If you've had a full
series in the past, your dentist should still repeat
it every two to three years.
Visually inspect for oral cancer. Your
dentist should examine the inside of your mouth
for unusual-looking lesions or sores, especially
if you have a history of heavy tobacco or alcohol
Check jaw and bite alignment. He should
check your jaw joints to see if you have a temporomandibular
disorder and also make sure your bite position is
Do a comprehensive periodontal exam. Your
dentist should use a specially marked probe that
he gently inserts into the gum to determine the
depth of the gum pocket. Regular checks help your
dentist monitor closely for signs of periodontal
disease, today's biggest oral health threat.
Do a comprehensive tooth by tooth evaluation.
If your dentist notices problem areas and recommends
treatment, don't be afraid to ask for more information.
Are other treatment options available? How do the
options differ in cost? Which solution will last
longest? Do all the options solve the problem? How
much will this cost, and what are the payment options?