New Patient Examination
Get a thorough dental exam by our competent team
Welcome to Parker & Pennington Dentistry. On your first visit, a member of our friendly, experienced team will put you at ease while showing you our practice. Our upscale, modern office is fresh and clean, as cozy as home, and features a relaxing water feature in our lobby.
Drs. Parker and Pennington are known for their experience and thoroughness. Although they are gentle and easy-going, they are very serious about your dental health.
Our approach to optimum oral health
Having excellent oral health is often a precursor to being healthy overall, and we want to help you achieve this state of wellness. We employ a conservative approach that achieves the best possible outcome with the least amount of treatment.
Our approach is driven by scientific results, and we implement technology and protocol that have been proven to be effective and provide outstanding results for our patients.
We consider ourselves to be strategists for your lifetime of dental health.
After being greeted and given a tour, you’ll be shown to a consultation room where a member of our friendly administrative team will sit with you and listen to why you came to the practice, what services you are interested in and how we can help.
You’ll then be introduced to the doctor and assistant who will be providing your treatment, they will be informed of your requests and will ask any additional questions they may have.
Comprehensive oral exam
We’ve found that patients usually come in for one of four reasons, or a combination of these. They want to be free from pain, they want to be able to eat better, they want peace of mind about their oral health and/or they want to improve the appearance of their smile.
Drs. Parker and Pennington provide comprehensive oral examinations to accurately diagnosis any problems you may have with your teeth and gums. Prior to the examination, our doctors thoroughly review the forms you filled out prior to your visit, so that we have a complete overview of your dental history.
In addition to your dental history, we want to know if you have had an unfavorable dental experience, complications with a past dental procedure, or are generally fearful of dental treatment. We will address your concerns and put you at ease.
We do a functional exam to evaluate your occlusion (bite), how the upper and lower teeth meet when chewing or at rest. Balancing your bite is an important factor for lasting treatment, as a misaligned bite can lead to wear and tear on both natural teeth and restorations.
We examine the temporomandibular (jaw) joints for pain or tenderness, listen for clicking, popping, or grating sounds during jaw movement and look for limited motion or locking of the jaw while opening or closing the mouth. Temporomandibular issues may also be caused by a poorly aligned bite.
We will conduct a cosmetic exam where we will look carefully at how your teeth fit in your face, their size shape, condition and position, and check lip and gum dynamics. We ask if you have any concerns about your smile that you would like to address now or in the future.
Our doctors will also perform a structural exam. We evaluate your mouth on a tooth-by-tooth basis, checking for signs of decay, pitting on the biting surfaces of your teeth and grooves or notches near your gum line. We check for gaps between your teeth where food may get trapped and lead to decay and gum disease.
During the periodontal exam, we look for signs of gum disease by gently probing between your teeth and gums to check the depths of the “pockets.” Deep pockets are indicators of gum disease, which should be treated immediately as gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss in adults.
We also evaluate your existing bone structure and assess factors that influence the predisposition for gum disease, including chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes and habits such as smoking.
Although oral cancer is actually quite rare, we also look for any lesions or abnormalities that may be precursors of this disease.
We use digital X-rays that are powerfully focused, yet emit very little radiation. Your doctor will review the results with you, and explain why certain areas may need treatment.
External digital photography
By taking digital photographs of your face and smile, we have a reference point for your present dental health, as well as visual aid to be used when deciding on changes you may want to make to your smile.
Intraoral photos are delivered to a large monitor to show us – and you – exactly what issues may need to be addressed.
Personalized treatment plan
When more comprehensive care is required, your doctor will meet with you to discuss your options. We want to have a complete understanding of your needs and take plenty of time to study your case. We want to “know your mouth like the back of our hand” and often ask that you bring in photos of your high school or wedding smile.
If you are interested in correcting your dental issues, we ask that you come back in for a treatment discussion for further exploration of options available for you, and the estimated costs of each.
To make an appointment, call 904-222-6187 or click here to request an appointment online.