The foundation to every healthy smile begins with a baseline screening that assesses and evaluates the patient’s current oral health condition. At The MIAMI Institute, Dr. Barsky, our board-certified prosthodontist, provides extensive exams on each and every patient.
Initial and routine examinations provide us with the opportunity to limit the amount of dental therapy that you need over time. They also allow Dr. Barsky to share essential information with you regarding his findings.
At The MIAMI Institute, every new patient visit starts with a detailed, comprehensive oral exam.
An exam isn’t just “looking at your teeth.” It is actually a detailed procedure that assesses many different factors of your oral health. Some of the things Dr. Barsky screens for during your examination will include conditions such as:
The way your teeth fit together will impact their wear over time. Misaligned bites may be aesthetically displeasing, but they are also causes of problems like gum disease, TMJ disorder, tooth decay, premature tooth wear and tooth fractures. If you are considering getting orthodontic therapy or a smile makeover, an occlusal evaluation is the first step.
Dr. Barsky will palpate both TMJ areas as you open and close your mouth, evaluating them for any signs of popping, clicking, or deviation. Even a slight abnormality in the jaw motion can lead to headaches or fractured dental restorations. Excessive grinding or clinching may also damage the joint.
Using a small probe, the tissues around each tooth will be measured to record any detachment that may have taken place just under the gumlines. Healthy teeth have pockets up to 3mm deep, but deeper pockets indicate gum disease as well as bone loss. Finding these areas early on can prevent the need for more invasive therapy later on – not to mention help you prevent unnecessary tooth loss.
Identifying abnormal or precancerous tissues at an early stage is the best way to improve a successful outcome for cancer therapy. Unfortunately, many people feel that they are not at risk for cancer and wait until it is far too late for a cancer screening. Even healthy individuals can develop the deadly condition; so early diagnosis is key.
Did you know that some medical conditions can go undiagnosed unless they are identified by your oral health professional? Some examples of conditions that present oral manifestations include anemia, GERD, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and Addison disease, just to name a few.
Abnormal damage to your tooth enamel along the gumlines or cusp tips can mean problems like acid reflux, aggressive toothbrushing, or bruxism are at play. Early identification can help you avoid unnecessary loss of tooth structure.
Of course, Dr. Barsky is also screening for tooth decay. However, our goal is to pinpoint demineralized areas before they evolve into a cavity. That way improved oral hygiene or fluoride treatments can assist in reversing the demineralization of the tooth structure before a cavity develops.
Impeccable oral hygiene can extend the life of your dental restorations and help you retain your natural teeth for life. Let us help you find the best methods and tools that are necessary for your particular smile needs. If you have difficulty reaching certain areas or cleaning around particular teeth, please let us know!
When maintained properly, restorations such as fillings, crowns or veneers can last for several years. Dr. Barsky thoroughly assesses the margins of restorations to pinpoint any weak points, so that proactive measures can be taken to extend their durability.
Everyday wear and tear can lead to worn, chipped, or stained tooth enamel. As Dr. Barsky monitors the appearance of your smile, he can make suggestions to reduce the aesthetic impact that your lifestyle may be making on your teeth.
At The MIAMI Institute, we utilize low radiation digital x-rays as part of your comprehensive exam. Using digital radiographs allows Dr. Barsky to assess key elements such as:
In most cases, we take a full mouth series of digital x-rays at your first visit, to establish a baseline reading for your entire smile. Then, follow-up images are taken about every 12 months to evaluate whether or not any changes have occurred between the two visits.
Even our healthiest of patients should schedule an oral exam every 6 months. We usually book your exam alongside of your preventive dental cleaning, to make your visit more efficient.
If you suffer from conditions such as periodontal disease, Dr. Barsky may need to see you more frequently – such as every 3 months, until your condition is managed. Careful maintenance allows us to assist you with the tools you need to reduce unnecessary or costly treatments later on.
During your recurrent visits to The MIAMI Institute, Dr. Barsky will compare your oral health condition to that of previous visits. His extensive record keeping and digital images make it possible for us to carefully monitor the development of situations that need to be followed.
Should changes be noted, Dr. Barsky can provide preventive or minimally invasive therapies to help to correct them. These less extensive treatments minimize the number of appointments you need in the future, as well as reduce your overall cost of care throughout the life of your smile.
Should Dr. Barsky identify any areas of concern during your exam, we will take an HD digital image of the area to share with you. This allows you to see the condition for yourself, and provides you with valuable visual information when considering what method of care is most appropriate.
How long has it been since your last dental exam? If it’s been longer than you remember, then it is time to call The MIAMI Institute. Our team of oral health experts can help you experience a healthier, brighter smile that lasts for life. (305) 624-0009.or call
Dr. Todd Barsky is an expert at replacing missing teeth and restoring broken teeth. Your healthy, beautiful smile is his #1 concern.Read Full Bio
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