Your first visit at our office varies depending on what your needs are. Basically, you will receive a comprehensive evalation, a limited evaluation or a TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint DysfunctionJ) evaluation.
Comprehensive Evaluation: Ideally, we would like to evaluate your overall dental health. At this appointment Dr. Bennett will begin by discussing your immediate concerns, learn about your previous dental experiences, and discuss your goals for your dental health. He will complete a detailed evaluation of the periodontal health (gum tissues), hard tissue health (teeth), and a screening of the chewing system. Patients love the quality time Dr. Bennett spends with them and finds his exam to be very thorough. Typically a full set of xrays are taken.
Limited Evaluation: Sometimes people have an immediate concern such as a toothache, swollen gums, or a sensitive tooth. Dr. Bennett strives to get you into the office quickly to evaluate this concern. Depending on your situation will determine how much time we schedule. Many people seek Dr. Bennett’s advice about their dental care, they may just want an expert’s second opinion.
TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint or Temporomandibular Dysfunction) Evaluation: Many patients seek Dr. Bennett for treatment of their TMJ pain and discomfort. An evaluation of the chewing system can be done. The chewing system can become out of balance from trauma such as whiplash, dental work, orthodontics, or just the teeth not fitting together properly. Over time there are biomechanical and physiologic imbalances leading to severe damage. So if you are experiencing symptoms such as joint pain, headaches, muscle pain, or wearing down of your teeth, most likely Dr. Bennett would recommend a TMJ/TMD evaluation of your bite.