What will your first visit be like?

Dentistry in Newport Beach, California, has so much to offer, such as restorative and reconstructive dentistry, porcelain veneers and crowns, bonding, white fillings, whitening, and implants. What treatment is right for you? To find out, come to Newport Healthy Smiles for a comprehensive exam and diagnosis with Dr. Wong or Dr. Ling!

Unless you have a pressing dental concern, your first visit will involve a comprehensive exam. If you do have an extremely painful or important oral problem, our dentists will address it first and then they will begin your comprehensive evaluation. During this appointment, your dentist will examine your entire oral cavity and determine what is possible for long-term, positive, and desirable dental results. Your comprehensive exam is a baseline for future comparisons and is the basis for a lifetime master plan for oral health.

The following will be done during your initial evaluation:

  1. Your dentist will review your medical and dental history records and will take your blood pressure.
  2. We will then clarify your concerns, wants, and expectations and /or problems.
  3. To ensure oral health, an oral cancer examination (both manual palpation visualization followed by VELscope screening) will be performed.
  4. Next, our dentists will examine your teeth to check for decay, cracks, wear, etc.
  5. X-Rays will then be taken to evaluate the esthetics and condition of your teeth and gums (diagnosis).
  6. To help you and the dentist thoroughly examine your mouth, intraoral digital pictures (6 views) will be taken.
  7. We will then provide a periodontal examination, measuring all gum crevices to check for hidden gum disease.
  8. During this process, we will check the condition (quality, quantity, and recession level) of your gum tissue.
  9. Our dentists will then measure the mobility or looseness of your teeth and gum tissue, which is another sign of dental problems.
  10. Then, we will see if your fillings or crowns are causing gum irritation.
  11. Next, we will give you a temporomandibular joint orthopedic examination, which is the examination of your jaw joints.
  12. Our dentists will do a palpation (pressing with finger tips) to check for inflammation.
  13. Then, we will perform range of motion tests to check jaw movements.
  14. We will then add pressure to all of your muscle groups, both within and outside the mouth, for any signs of discomfort or tension.
  15. Our dentists will next examine your bite because bite problems can cause dental failures.
  16. We will check if all of your teeth touch equally.
  17. We will also check how teeth your meet when your jaw moves in all directions.
  18. Our dentists will lastly take detailed images of your teeth, roots, and bone with a digital x-ray machine.
  19. With these x-rays, you will see a full-mouth series of images, with 18 views, to show decay, infection, and bone condition.

After your examination, Dr. Ling or Dr. Wong will:

  • Review all findings
  • Discuss your treatment recommendations and sequence
  • Give you a customized written report
  • Discuss all fees
  • Answer all questions to your satisfaction and understanding

If your condition warrants further evaluation, the following will also be done:

  • Diagnostic study casts (models of your mouth) if needed
  • Two sets, one is a baseline, the other for 3D planning and blueprinting
  • Measurement to customize models for jaw simulator
  • Measurement for how teeth bite together
  • Evaluate and study all the above information
  • Consult with any specialists, if indicated
  • Make a specific diagnosis for your current condition
  • Design a blueprint for your care with the diagnostic casts
  • Develop an individualized, long-term treatment program and sequence
  • Dr. Ling or Dr. Wong will then review and discuss everything at a consultation appointment