Oral Exams for Early Diagnosis of Illness
Annual oral examinations provide an opportunity to detect illness in its earliest stages. With an oral pathology exam, Dr. Hayashi and Dr. Smith look for changes in the cheeks, tongue, gums and throat. A visual and tactile inspection is performed, with any suspicious tissue biopsied for further analysis. Early detection allows for early treatment, protecting your health.
Assessment of Your Occlusal Scheme
Have you ever had a new crown or filling placed and later realized that your bite was off? Even after the anesthetic wore off, something did not feel quite right. Changes can occur in a patient's bite for many reasons, some being when a crown or filling sit higher than your natural tooth did, changing the point of contact for your teeth. This can also result from teeth grinding or gradual wear. Any change in the way your teeth come together can negatively impact your bite, causing jaw pain or worse, Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. Dr. Hayashi and Dr. Smith perform a thorough occlusal exam and will work with your general dentist to ensure a comfortable and stable bite.
Tooth Extractions to Preserve Your Oral Health
When a tooth cannot be saved, extraction may be the only solution. Depending upon whether your tooth requires a simple or surgical extraction, your dentist may refer you to our office. Dr. Hayashi and Dr. Smith are qualified to perform dental treatments involving even the most complex extractions. Related procedures, such as ridge preservation, oral sedation and dental implants are also offered by Dr. Hayashi and Dr. Smith.