Comprehensive Examinations

Comprehensive Dental Examinations

Dr. Vetter and her staff are pleased to be able to offer dental services to every age group and every member of your family. Prevention and education are important in her practice, and the entire team takes seriously your need to understand how to take charge of and protect your own oral health. Dr. Vetter and her staff are always available to answer questions about your dental needs and the services we can provide for your ideal treatment. They offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of your entire family.

The comprehensive examination is a process in which Dr. Vetter takes 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 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.

Periodontal Examination

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Dr. Vetter 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 cosmetic treatment, we take the health of your gum and bone tissues very seriously.

Occlusal Examination

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, Dr. Vetter 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.

Caries Exam

During this visual examination, Dr. Vetter locates areas of decay on chewing surfaces and between the teeth. Dr. Vetter uses a clinical exam, digital photography, DIAGNOdent laser, and radiographic findings to determine the most conservative treatment plan for your oral needs.

Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Examination

TMJ is a condition that afflicts thousands of people. Frequent indicators of TMJ 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.