Assessing your dental health involves gathering information about your
teeth and associated structures and the systems used to gather that information. To
facilitate your evaluation, we would like to review your previous dental records,
preferably prior to your first visit. The information of
most value to us will be your past radiographs (x-ray pictures),
any charting (particularly periodontal pocket probing and recession charting)
and study models. These can
only be forwarded to our office, by your previous dentist, with your consent
either by a telephone call or with a written consent form. If you wish,
you may download and print our Records
Transfer form. Once you have the form, you can either mail or fax
it to your previous dentist's office. If you wish assistance with this,
please give our administrative team a call (604.224.2411). In addition
to previous dental records, we would like some information on your dental history
as well as your health history. This can either
be done in our office or, if you wish, the Health
History and New Patient Information forms
can be printed, completed and brought with you on your
During the new patient examination, the information collection process will
proceed as follows:
Review of dental history and health
For more information on the medico-legal requirements and uses of your health
history, simply follow the link.
Chief Complaints. We
will want to know if you are in any pain or if you have any dental concerns. This
will include functional concerns as well as any aesthetic or cosmetic concerns
you may have.
Evaluation of the Masticatory (chewing)
System. Also known as the Temporomandibular (TM) System,
we will evaluate your muscles and joints, specifically looking for muscle
soreness as well as limitations in movement, pain or noises in your joint
Evaluation of your bite. Also known as occlusion,
we will look at the alignment of your teeth as well as the way they work
in the dynamic chewing system.
Evaluation of soft tissues. Evaluation
of soft tissues. Just like the rest of your skin and surface coverings,
(hair, nails, etc). your oral mucosa can display wounds, diseases or other
dermatological conditions. Whether you are a first-time patient or an ongoing
patient of record, you should be aware of our protocol for Oral
Evaluation of your gums. Also known
as periodontium, we will look at the general condition of your gum tissue
as well as detailed periodontal probings and recessions for each tooth/region. Periodontal
probings are measured in millimetres and are a direct reflection of your
gum attachment to your teeth. Generally, you should expect to hear
the dentist/hygienist call out 3 and 4mm pockets. Once the pockets
become 5 - 6mm or higher, it indicates a loss of your bone and gum structure.
Evaluation of your teeth. We will
look at the individual state of each tooth as well as which teeth are missing
or unaccounted for. This
will include existing fillings/restorations as well as any new restoration(s)
that might be required.
Diagnostic Imaging. Clinical photographs
will be taken for each patient in order to provide a visual record and aid
in diagnosis. The dentist will also prescribe radiographs (x-ray pictures)
required for evaluation and diagnosis.
Additional Diagnostic Tests. The
dentist will assess if there is a need for any additional testing to evaluate
any specific conditions.
At this point, your visit will be complete and the administrative team will
schedule an appointment for you with one of our hygienists. As a general
rule, your dentist will examine all the collected information at a later time
(usually during the same day) and will then formulate a diagnosis along with
treatment plan options. We
will typically want to discuss this with you prior to scheduling any further
dental appointments. In the event, that you have current radiographs
(x-ray pictures) from a previous office and you did not request them before
hand, it may mean that we will not be able to complete your diagnosis and
treatment plan until they arrive.
If you wish to have a 'peek' ahead, feel free to visit the Consultation page. As
you complete your first visit, we will direct you to this page. You
will find it quite useful and it will help you ask the right questions
regarding your dental condition and possible treatment options.
Tips for our new patients:
Print the directions from the Finding
us page. This will help you to find our office and
complimentary parking on your
Program our office number (604.224.2411) into your cell
phone memory. In
the event that you cannot find us or our parking spaces, you will be able
to phone us for assistance. In addition, if you have our office number
handy, you will be able to contact us quickly in the event of an injury such
as during a sporting event (injuries to the teeth are very common) or while
you are away from your home. We
have even been called for emergencies while patients have been in trans-oceanic
flights! Straight from the airport to our office.
Add this web page, www.pacificspiritdental.ca into
your Favorites / Bookmarks folder of your web browser. Simply right
click on the link (Ctrl+click Mac OS) and then select "Add Link
to Favourites" ("Add Link to Bookmarks - Mac OS) . That
way, you can quickly refer back to this site or email it on to a friend who
may be in need of our services.
Please see the page for referring your
friends and family
Any questions? If so, don't hesitate to contact us by or
by phone 604.224.2411. We'd be happy to answer any of your questions.