New Patient Dental Exam
First, we want to thank you for considering our practice for your dental care. Dr. Roe emphasizes the importance of the new patient visit, and as a team, we will strive to exceed your expectations.
After you have scheduled your appointment, we welcome you to complete the new patient forms online, or you can complete them at your appointment. When scheduling, please let us know if you have any recent dental records or x-rays we should collect prior to your visit.
Once you are checked in and the forms are complete, a member of our clinical team will guide you through the new patient experience. Dr. Roe takes a personalized approach and will spend time getting to know you as an individual and discovering your dental desires and needs.
The comprehensive dental exam commonly includes an examination of your teeth, gums, jaw joints, and a cancer screening. Additionally, necessary x-rays, models of your mouth, and photographs will be taken. Our new patient examination generally takes two hours.
The final step in the new patient experience is the consultation. Your doctor will sit with you and discuss his treatment recommendations. Together, you and the doctor will develop a final treatment plan.
Comprehensive Aesthetic Diagnosis page.
Again, we thank you for considering us for your dental treatment and hope to meet you soon! Please visit our contact page and call or email us if you would like to schedule a new patient dental exam, or if you have additional questions.
Aesthetic Dental Restorations
During your personalized consultation meeting, your doctor will take time to get to know you and discuss your smile goals. Based on your feedback and the results of your Comprehensive Exam and Aesthetic Diagnosis, the doctor will recommend which dental restoration options are the best long-term solution for your smile.
Cosmetic Bonding is one of the less invasive ways to enhance your smile. Bonding is a specialized tooth-colored composite material that can improve the color, shape and overall appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic Bonding can be applied to one tooth or many teeth to create a more dramatic change. It can also be used to repair chips, cracks, or open spaces between teeth.
Porcelain Veneers are one of the longer lasting and less invasive ways to create a stunning smile transformation. A veneer is an ultra-thin, artistically designed restoration which is made of porcelain. Veneers cover the facial (outside) surface of the teeth and are used to restore discolored, misshapen, damaged or misaligned teeth. Porcelain veneers blend beautifully with the gum line and give the appearance and functionality of natural teeth.
Professional Teeth Whitening is one of the easiest and most common aesthetic dental services available to help you reclaim a brighter and more youthful smile. Teeth bleaching is both safe and effective. If you are interested in whitening, we will create custom-fitted bleaching trays, along with professional whitening solutions to use at home. You will then be given personalized at-home instructions and we will monitor your progression until you achieve your desired results.
A Dental Crown is a restoration that is placed over an existing tooth while retaining the look, feel and functionality of a natural tooth. This restoration serves to restore one tooth or several teeth. Your Dentist may recommend a dental crown if the tooth is decayed, broken, discolored, or root canal-treated. Dental crowns may also be used to replace missing teeth after placement of a dental implant.
Dr. Roe has extensive experience with crown and bridge restorations. She believes that using the highest quality materials and laboratories is essential to producing the most aesthetic and longest lasting crowns. Dr. Roe prefers Summit Dental Laboratory for fabrication of such restorations. Summit is a dental laboratory located in Waco, Texas. They have an excellent history and reputation for creating beautiful fixed restorative solutions.
Cleaning & Prevention
Maintaining your teeth and gums is the foundation for a beautiful healthy smile. Dr. Roe has created a practice where licensed and highly experienced dental hygienists provide a comprehensive approach to overall dental health. Blending innovative technology and a variety of proven services, our hygienists are able to provide unparalleled patient care in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Below is a list of the cleaning and prevention services our hygienists perform:
Examination of diagnostic radiographs (x-rays): Radiographs are crucial to detecting decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss. Our office utilizes digital radiographs, which are faster, more comfortable and release a much lower dose of radiation.
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened deposits that form above and below the gum line. Calculus cannot be removed with regular brushing and requires special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky biofilm deposit that covers the teeth. It is composed of bacteria, saliva and food debris.
Teeth Polishing: Once the hygienist has removed the majority of calculus and plaque from the teeth, a hand-piece and Prophylaxis (Prophy) paste is used to remove any additional stains or plaque. This process also helps to polish the teeth, giving them a shiny clean look and feel.
Oral Cancer Screening: The doctors and hygienists check thoroughly for any signs of oral cancer on the gum tissue, tongue, lips, cheeks, throat tissue, face and neck area. Your hygienist will be looking for lumps, swelling, discolorations, ulcerations, or any abnormalities.
Periodontal probing: Periodontal examination and probing are used to assess the health of your gums and teeth. This screening can help the hygienist and doctor diagnose the gum diseases gingivitis and periodontitis. The hygienist will take measurements of the spaces between your teeth and gums and look for red, inflamed, bleeding, or receding gum tissues.
Topical Fluoride treatments: Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that strengthens teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. Fluoride has many positive effects on the teeth. It can help build resistance to acid, protect against sensitivity and strengthen enamel. Your hygienist may recommend a fluoride rinse or varnish during your cleaning visit.
Periodontal therapy and maintenance: Periodontal disease is a chronic condition, which can be progressive without regular follow-up care. Our hygienists are all experienced periodontal therapists and will use the latest nonsurgical techniques to treat and prevent periodontal disease. Ask your hygienist about early warning signs of periodontitis and prevention.
Sealants: A sealant is a clear, hard protective coating, which is placed over the chewing surface of the teeth to help protect and prevent cavities. Typically sealants are placed on molars and premolars of children, but can also be used on adults.
At each Dental Wellness Visit, your hygienist well go over your personal dental health and recommend a recall schedule depending on overall oral health. Our goal is to provide each of our patients with a superior level of care and the most thorough treatment.
Full-Mouth Dental Rehabilitation
Based on the results of the Comprehensive Exam and Aesthetic Diagnosis, some patients may need a Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation. Depending on the patient’s needs, this type of treatment will involve many teeth and may require restoring all of the teeth. Full-mouth dental rehabilitation is typically performed in progressive phases and usually requires multiple appointments. There are a variety of options for dental rehabilitation and your doctor will discuss which restorative dentistry solution is best for you.
Dental implants are one of the most exciting technologies in dentistry. In the past, missing teeth were often replaced with removable partial dentures. In contrast, dental implants are a more permanent, non-removable solution for replacing missing teeth. Anywhere from one tooth to an entire arch of teeth may be replaced with dental implants.
During your Comprehensive Dental Exam, Dr. Roe will assess you for dental implants as part of your dental rehabilitation. We have a team of trusted specialists who will surgically place the dental implants.
Once the implant(s) are placed, we will then monitor your healing and progress throughout the duration of your treatment. Next we will place your crown or implant or retained denture, depending on your customized treatment plan. Dental implants are the most permanent solution for replacing missing teeth; however, the process of placement for any dental restoration will require several months.
Dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures are three of the most common solutions for decayed, broken, or missing teeth. At Wimberley Dental Center, we take the time to assess each patient’s individual wants and needs during the Comprehensive Dental Exam and Aesthetic Diagnosis. Although dental crowns, bridges, and dentures perform some of the same functions, they are three distinct solutions.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown, which is one type of dental restoration solution, is placed over an existing tooth; it looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. Crowns may be used to restore one tooth or many teeth. A crown may be a restorative solution if the tooth is decayed, broken, root canal-treated or discolored. The tooth will be shaved and shaped to prepare it to receive the crown. If significant tooth structure has been removed due to decay, the doctor will build up the tooth structure to create retention for the crown. Impressions will be taken and sent to a laboratory to fabricate your permanent crown. During this time your doctor will create a temporary crown to protect the tooth.
Lastly, the permanent crown is bonded or cemented directly over the existing tooth structure. Crowns can also be used for replacement of missing teeth once a dental implant has been placed. Many patients worry that their friends or colleagues will be able to tell they have a dental crown, but today’s technology ensures an incredibly natural-looking smile.
A dental bridge fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is made of two or more crowns covering the teeth on either side of the gap (these anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth) and a false tooth/teeth between them, known as a pontic. Also like crowns, dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Today’s advances in technology ensure an incredibly natural-looking smile with both crown and bridge restorations.
Partial Dentures & Full Permanent Dentures
Removable Dentures are a common solution for replacing missing teeth. There are two types of dentures: Partial Dentures and Full Dentures. Partial dentures are an option when the patient has several missing teeth, but the remaining teeth are strong enough to stabilize the removable partial denture. Full dentures are typically prescribed when the existing teeth can no longer function.
Although full dentures are typically removable dental appliances, we are now able to create anchors using dental implants. If the patient is a candidate for dental implants, the anchors will secure the denture in the mouth.
At Stone Oak Aesthetic Dentistry our doctors take special care ensuring your denture is of the highest quality materials. We work with the patient to choose the absolute best shape, size and color tooth to give you the most natural-looking smile.
As part of your comprehensive treatment plan, we may recommend a dental specialist for services that we do not offer in this office. We have a team of specialists that provide Orthodontics (braces), Periodontics (gum therapy and implants) and Endodontics (root canals) and more. We will work together to provide the best comprehensive care possible.