Comprehensive Dental Examinations
The comprehensive examination is a process in which Dr. Minahan takes necessary records to provide a thorough diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan. This examination will include:
Periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. We will examine your gum tissues to insure that gum disease is detected in its early stages. Because bone loss is a significant consideration in determining the outcome of any treatment, we take the health of your gum and bone tissues very seriously.
Oral Cancer Screening
If you are a tobacco or smokeless tobacco user, you are in primary danger of developing oral cancer. More than 8,000 deaths were attributed to oral cancer in the past year. We are committed to the prevention of oral cancer through the early identification of pre-cancerous conditions, and provide oral cancer screenings at each preventive care appointment.
The forces of your bite can sometimes affect the positioning of your jaw and teeth. Through minor polishing of the enamel surfaces or smoothing fillings of the teeth, we can help redistribute and redirect the biting forces. Adjustments to chewing surfaces can often eliminate sensitivities, toothaches, headaches that can occur as a result of irregular biting patterns.
Caries (cavity) Exam
During this visual examination, areas of decay on chewing surfaces, between teeth, and around and under restorations are located. Dr. Minahan uses a clinical exam, digital photography, DIAGNOdent laser, and radiographic findings to determine the most ideal treatment plan for your oral needs.
Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Examination
TMD is a condition that afflicts thousands of people. Frequent indicators of TMD include popping and clicking of the jaw, limited jaw function, pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back, and pain and pressure in the face and ears. We provide conservative therapies that can eliminate this painful and frustrating problem.