At Miami Dental Sedation Spa we strive for personal, comprehensive, professional, and relaxing experience for all our patients. As a new patient this is what you will experience in your first visit to our office.
Our new patient examination is extremely thorough and impressive. We pursue the right treatment with patience, gentleness, and professionalism. It usually takes a minimum of 2 hours. In some instances, where there are a lot of treatment choices, a second appointment is necessary for the patient to fully understand the treatment plan to follow.
The first part of the examination is a detailed personal, dental and medical history taking by the doctor in his private office. This is the best time for both the patient and the doctor to get to know each other.
The second part of the examination takes part in the Bonsai room, the doctor’s clinical room. We start with the oral cancer screening. Last year there were over 9,000 Americans who died of mouth cancer. A more thorough oral cancer screening, the Vizilite, is also offered. This non-invasive exam allows us to detect early cancer cells in deeper tissues.
Next the occlusal-muscular-TMJ aspect of the examination is performed. Here we are looking for damaged ligaments, tender muscles, incorrect bite, and bad masticatory habits to determine past, present and future problems with the masticatory system.
The clinical dental exam is performed with a mouth mirror, an explorer instrument and an intraoral camera. The patient is able to see what the doctor is looking at in the overhead monitor. Here both the patient and the patient look for worn restorations, dental decay, cracked teeth, etc. We like for the patient to actively participate in this process for them to gain a better understanding of their mouth.
The periodontal (gums) examination is one of the most important aspects of the new patient examination. The doctor probes between the teeth and gums and measures gum and bone height, mobility of teeth, bleeding, and suppuration (bacterial infection).
The radiographic or x-ray examination entails taking a minimum of 18 radiographs. We use the most advanced and patient friendly digital system. This reduces the amount of radiation to the patient by 90% and there are no harsh chemicals to discard to the environment. The intraoral x-ray receptors are round and soft for the patient’s comfort.
Some patients might need at this time impressions for diagnostic models and a set of intraoral pictures.
Putting together all the gathered information the doctor is able to fully understand the patient, first as a unique individual, and then as a patient seeking better oral and systemic health. A meeting between the doctor and the patient to discuss the findings and to come up with a treatment plan will follow on the same visit day or at a later day.