Diagnostic and Preventive Services:
Comprehensive Examination is a process in which our doctors take necessary records to provide a thorough diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan. These are some services that are included or associated with it:
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.
During this visual examination, the doctor locates areas of decay on chewing surfaces and between the teeth. We use clinical exam, digital x-ray findings and laser cavity detection to determine the most conservative treatment plan for your oral needs.
Dental x-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them to help find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination. Dental X-rays may also be done as follow-up after dental treatments.
These important appointments allow Dr. Manea and her hygienist to monitor your oral health and clean under your gum line where the toothbrush cannot reach. They also help promote healthy gums and teeth by removing the plaque that causes decay and gum infection, and educating you about prevention.
Fluoride applications help to strengthen the enamel on your child's teeth, making it more difficult for cavities to begin. Children should be receiving fluoride treatments every six months.
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, provided a tooth does not show evidence of decay. The sealants that we have placed have been highly successful in preventing decay.
Fluoride is also helpful to adults to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by exposed root surfaces (receding gums). Regular fluoride application helps eliminate root sensitivity. Our patients have found it helpful to have a series of fluoride treatments to reduce their sensitivity, followed by possible at-home applications.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Our doctors 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.
Once your mouth is restored to health, it is important that you make a commitment to maintain your dental health. To achieve this, it is important that you return on a regular basis for a routine examination, scaling, and root planing. Dr. Manea and her hygienist will inform you of the re-care interval that best fits your needs.
Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Examination :
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. That is the pair of jaw joints where movement occurs between upper and lower jaws. They are sometimes afflicted with problems but more frequently it is the jaw muscles that are most painful and affected.
TMD (Temporo-Mandibular Disorder) is a condition that afflicts thousands of people. Frequent indicators of TMD 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. Symptoms such as jaw and facial pain, earaches and ear pain, headaches, difficulty opening, closing, and chewing, are all primary signs of the TMJ disorders. We provide conservative therapies that can eliminate this painful and frustrating problem. At our office, a screening exam and brief history is offered to find out if the patient is a TMJ candidate for treatment or not. We also provide treatment for relief of tooth grinding or bruxism.
TMJ disorder, teeth grinding (bruxism), and teeth clenching can all cause extreme pain and disrupt daily life. Fortunately, all of these problems can be treated with BOTOX® Therapeutic, which relaxes the muscles that control the jaw (temporomandibular) joint. In the past, traditional treatments such as dental splints or night guards were used to treat these conditions. However, BOTOX® Therapeutic injections deliver targeted treatment to the source of the problem and allow you to enjoy your life free from pain.
However, if it is a bonafide TMJ or facial pain situation we refer to our highly trained associated doctor in the field - Dr. Anthony Vuong.
Night Guard /Occlusal Guard Therapy:
Night guards are used as a treatment option to prevent damage to the chewing surfaces of the teeth associated with grinding and clenching. It is a conservative treatment that is very successful and highly recommended for patients with TMJ dysfunction. By creating an acrylic pattern of your teeth, our doctors can help you protect your teeth from unnecessary wear.