General and Preventive Dentistry
Prevention is a hallmark of our practice. We believe that regular maintenance and the appropriate use of preventive procedures, such as fluoride and sealants, play a significant role in reducing the amount of dentistry a patient may require through the years.
In our practice, sealants are applied by the Doctor not the Hygienist. Dr. Hill and Dr. Chumbley use a technique that ensures the grooves of the teeth are properly prepared and sealed so that no debris or decay is trapped under the sealant. In many instances we find a small amount of decay, and we will place a tiny filling under the sealant.
We are a family oriented practice. We like to start regular dental care for children beginning at age three. Parents are encouraged to come with their child into the treatment room to share their experience and make the child feel more at ease.
The first step of diagnosis is observation. There is no substitute for a thorough clinical examination.
Dr. Hill or Dr. Chumbley will meet with you at the beginning of your initial appointment to discuss your dental and medical history. Together you will discuss any problems and expectations you may have. With the aid of an intra-oral camera, you can participate in the examination of your mouth. This method of co-diagnosis leaves you with a better understanding of your oral health.
In some cases a laboratory analysis with articulated models of your teeth are required to identify problems and determine how to properly design the correct treatment to address those issues.
We utilize digital X-rays to minimize patient exposure and enhance diagnostic capability.
Enhanced Oral Cancer Screening
We have recently added the VelScope (www.velscope.com) oral cancer screening device to our practice; you will be offered the screening in addition to our manual and visual exam.