New patients of Summit Dental will receive a comprehensive exam prior to beginning treatment from a dentist. The dental exam includes a thorough exam of the teeth and oral cavity, an oral cancer screening, and a periodontal screening. X-rays and study models of the patients teeth are sometimes used to help form a proper diagnosis. Lastly, a consultation is done to discuss treatment options, allowing the patient to make an informed decision and proceed with their best course of treatment – whether it is to simply fill a cavity or a more major dental procedure like a root canal. Upon completion of the comprehensive dental exam, there will be a determination of whether the patient will need a regular dental cleaning, or a more involved periodontal therapy appointment.