Welcome to our office! As a general dentist, Dr. Wagner is trained in all dental procedures. In some situations, she may choose to refer patients to an appropriate specialist. Please feel free to click on the following procedures to learn more about them.

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Examinations, radiographs (x-rays), and treatment planning

A patient's first visit focuses on a thorough examination and development of a treatment plan. After obtaining a thorough medical history on each patient, the dentist will carefully examine all parts of the mouth and chart what dental treatment has already been done as well any new problems such as decay, gum disease or fractured teeth. Every patient is screened for oral cancer and your dentist may discuss other medical problems that can involve the mouth and throat, such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure.

Radiographs, which are the images produced by x-rays, are a crucial aspect of a dental exam and treatment plan. Radiographs show much that we cannot see: Cavities between the teeth, abscesses and infections, the bone surrounding teeth, and lots of other information. Dr. Wagner needs radiographs of each patient at Smiles By Rosie. Here is a good link from the American Dental Association's website regarding dental x-rays.

Once your examination is complete, you may be presented with several different treatment plan options depending on your priorities with time, finances, and many other factors. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions or request clarification during this process. It is also helpful to know how much dental or medical information you are comfortable hearing about, and what your goals are for your own oral health and tooth status.