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Dawson Quick Tip: Explaining the Aspects of the Complete Exam to Patients

I explain the complete exam to the patient only after the preclinical interview. I interview the patient, ask them while they're here what they're looking for from me. And then from there, I simply tell them that I need to gather more information and records. And I explain to them all what we're doing. Checking their teeth out, periodontal health, but also we're going to look at their joints and their muscles.

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We may take some study models at that time. We always take a set of photos and whatever the updated x-rays are. So basically, I do the complete exam every time with the patient, but only after the patient is wanting and desiring some treatment. And then therefore, I need to get the proper records for that.

5 Diagnostic Components in Dentistry for Predictable Success

Dr. J. Stephen Hoard attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, for both undergraduate and graduate dental studies. He is a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the North Carolina Dental Society. He also is a charter member of the New Bern chapter of the Seattle Study club for dentists. In Dr. Hoard’s spare time, he enjoys boating, golfing, and spending time with his wife Tina and two daughters, Lake and Nicole.