Comprehensive Dentistry involves the diagnosis and treatment of general conditions affecting teeth, gums, and jaw. Our Dentists take a Comprehensive approach to dentistry because it enables them to catch problems early and utilize more conservative treatment plans. Early diagnosis also reduce the risk of needing more extensive – and often expensive- treatment in future.
Comprehensive Dentistry is based on the theory that most people would like to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime, and with a little help, you can.
Comprehensive Dentistry views the mouth as the gateway to the human body. Liquids and solids enter the body through the mouth and digestion starts here. Proper functioning of the mouth is vitally important.
Several types of cardiovascular diseases may be linked to oral health; heart disease, clogged arteries, stroke and bacterial endocarditis. Research is ongoing to substantiate this discovery.
Peermed Dentistry offers a comprehensive exam that will go something like this.
First, an interview with the patient is conducted. The objective of this interview is to listen to your concerns, dental and health history and goals. Then a thorough medical history is taken, paying attention to medications, supplements, allergies and existing conditions.
Radiographs are taken with the newer digital x-rays, which have the lowest radiation and instant viewing for the patient. Each tooth and restoration is thoroughly examined.
Expect a periodontal exam investigating the gums, pocketing, recession, bleeding, bone loss and mobility.
With comprehensive exams, patients typically come back at a later date to receive their diagnosis and treatment options, with the pros and cons of the various possibilities. Each patient chooses the treatment plan that fits their needs. Together doctor and patient strategize the plan for treatment and schedule. Often treatment is phased to arrive at an optimal goal in the future.
All reconstructive work needs to be built upon a foundation of a healthy periodontium and a stable bite. When you choose Comprehensive Dentistry, the comprehensive exam coupled with the patients own willingness to assume responsibility, ensures a mouthful of natural teeth for a lifetime.