The comprehensive examination is a process in which Dr. Talis and her associates take necessary records to provide a thorough diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan. This examination will include:
Oral Cancer Screening
If you are a tobacco or smokeless tobacco user, you are in primary danger of developing oral cancer. More that 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 appointment.
The forces for 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, Dr. Talis and her associates can help redistribute and redirect the biting forces. Adjustments to chewing surfaces can often eliminate headaches that occur as a result of irregular biting patterns.
During this visual examination, the doctors locate areas of decay on chewing surfaces and between the teeth. Dr. Talis and her associates use both a clinical exam and x-ray (radiographic) findings to determine the most conservative treatment plan for your oral needs.
Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and should be applied as a child's permanent teeth erupt. Though typically placed on children's teeth, adult molars can also be sealed, providing a tooth does not show evidence of decay. The sealants that we placed have been highly successfule in preventing decay.