New Patient Exam

At Peter Breen, DMD, we welcome our new patients to our Groton dental office. Our friendly staff is dedicated to caring for you and your entire family’s oral health and well-being. Dr. Breen provides a comprehensive new patient exam and consultation to assess your dental health and create a customized treatment plan for you. To understand what to expect from your first visit to our practice, please read through this page. You’ll find all the practical information you need. For more detail, contact us at 978-448-5241.

Dental Exam
A clinical exam is more commonly referred to as a routine check up. A new patient exam lets Dr. Breen essentially take inventory of the overall health of your mouth and teeth and diagnose any potential problems you may have.

A. The first thing Dr. Breen will check during the exam is your face and neck. Checking visually, Dr. Breen will look for any abnormalities, such as lumps, bumps or swelling.

dental-surgeonB. Checking inside your mouth is next on the agenda. During this part of the check up Dr. Breen will be looking for any abnormalities in the soft tissue, such as discolorations or ulcers on your lips, gums, tongue, palate and cheeks. Dr. Breen will also perform an oral cancer screening and will check your bite and your jaw joint for any problems.

C. Next Dr. Breen will check your gums and jawbone, as they are the foundation for your teeth. Dr. Breen will check them for any signs of gingivitis, gum disease and bone disease.

D. Checking your teeth comes next. Dr. Breen will be checking them for cavities and other problems. Finally, Dr. Breen will be sure to look specifically at any areas where you may have symptoms or concerns.


X-rays
In most cases a clinical exam by itself is not sufficient to completely diagnose all potential problems with your mouth. In fact, the majority of problems with your teeth and the jawbone are not visible to the naked eye. That is why x-rays play a key role in allowing a better, and more accurate look at what is really going on inside your mouth and below your teeth and gums. By using x-rays Dr. Breen can check for any bone loss and determine the severity of the gum disease.

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In addition to revealing any problems that were not visible during the clinical exam these initial x-rays will also provide Dr. Breen with a benchmark with which to compare against during your future visits.