A comprehensive dental exam includes a thorough look at your entire mouth, head and neck area. We need to know your complete medical history and potentially request an X-ray for our records. Call us today to learn more about our complete checkups.
An important part of what we do is keeping your medical chart up-to-date. Dr. Macks appreciates knowing any health conditions that have come up since your last visit.
Children’s comprehensive dental exams are also strongly recommended on a yearly basis. As with any children’s dental comprehensive exams, it is better to find out early rather than later. Contact us today to learn more about our children complete checkups.
Many diseases can affect your mouth. For example, Diabetes patients are at a higher risk of periodontal diseases. Periodontal diseases can affect your blood sugar levels and can make diabetes harder to control.
If you have been diagnosed with any diseases, let Dr. Macks know. It is important to know if you are taking any medications, which includes prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines. Even diseases or conditions that you may believe to be unrelated are important as we plan your treatment.
Call us today to learn more about our complete checkups.
Oral Cancer Screening
Dr. Macks suggests having an oral exam during your routine visit to his Tacoma office. The goal would be to find any abnormalities early in the process. Who should consider oral cancer screening?
- Patients who use
oftobacco, such as cigars, pipes, cigarettes, chewing tobacco or snuff among others.
- Heavy alcohol use.
- Previous oral cancer diagnosis.
Check with Dentist Dr. Macks to see if oral cancer screening is appropriate for you. Also, ask for ways that you can reduce the risk of oral cancer. Please call Dr. Alan Macks’ friendly office staff with any questions. They can walk you through any insurance or private pay questions.
What is the difference between routine teeth cleaning and a deep teeth cleaning?
Dr. Macks offers both types of cleaning at his Tacoma office located at 5319 Tacoma Mall Blvd. Tacoma, WA 98409.
Routine teeth cleaning involves a cleaning every six months. This is used as a preventative maintenance method for those who have a healthy mouth. One of our four dental hygienists will explain the procedure thoroughly and the importance of keeping on a schedule. Routine Teeth Cleaning includes removing tartar and plaque from your teeth and below the gumline. Your teeth will also be polished and screened for any potential decay or other issues.
Dr. Macks’ office also performs what is called deep teeth cleaning. Deep Teeth Cleaning involves removing plaque, bacteria
How important is your smile to you? Not only does a youthful smile exude confidence, but also contributes to your overall happiness as you enjoy a pain-free life with your natural teeth intact. Enjoying this kind of optimal dental health does not come about accidentally. At Alan Macks & Associates, we are committed to providing you with all the education and resources needed to maintain your beautiful smile for a lifetime! One of the keys to unlocking peak oral health is through Comprehensive Dentistry.
What is Comprehensive Dentistry?
Maintaining excellent oral health contributes to the well-being of your entire body. That’s why we are so passionate about comprehensive dentistry. By taking a holistic approach, and looking at the whole individual not just your mouth, your dentist can examine the possible causes of a dental problem, and then provide a total and permanent solution.
How Does Comprehensive Dentistry Work?
At your comprehensive dental exam, Dr. Macks will take a thorough look at your entire mouth, head, and neck area. We will get to know your complete medical history and may recommend an x-ray for our records. Your comprehensive dentist may consider:
- Is your bite causing premature wear of your teeth or other problems, like migraines?
- How is your oral health impacting your heart, digestion, and reproductive organs?
- What preventative measures can be taken?
- If you are considering a smile transformation, how will your facial features and bone structure affect your treatment?
As many diseases can present symptoms only your dentist will recognize, it is important to let us know about any changes in your health or medications you are taking, even if you think it is unrelated to your dental health.
Consider the Benefits to You
We all understand the concept of maintenance as it relates to our vehicles, homes and treasured possessions. But sometimes we fail to understand the connection between preventative maintenance and our health. Taking a proactive approach to your oral health benefits you in many ways:
- Preserve more of your original tooth longer by treating a problem before it becomes serious.
- Minor treatments are less costly than major ones.
- Being involved in the treatment process helps you feel in control of your dental care.
We take great pride in providing a 360-degree oral health experience and we have many loyal patients to prove it. Read some of our real patient testimonials on our Facebook page.
Discover More About Comprehensive Dentistry with our Free Infographic
To learn some of the benefits of Comprehensive Dentistry, we have created a free educational download.
to see how comprehensive dentistry:
- Takes less time out of your life
- Costs way less than traditional “drill & fill” dentistry
- Prevents dental problems from arising again or ever happening at all
- And guarantees a spectacular smile for a lifetime
Our Happy Patients Say:
Absolutely the best team of dental experts around. I have been a patient of Dr. Macks since the late 1980s. I grind my teeth and have broken several, necessitating four implants. There can be a lot stress involved in such a dental history, but these folks make me feel right at home and well cared for no matter what issue I present. I'll never go anywhere else. I'm a life timer.
The best experience I’ve ever had. I have been to plenty of places for my Botox none of them compare to the experience I had. They were clean professional friendly 100% amazing
Wow! I had 10 root canals & lots of dental trauma before I gave up & got dentures... I only wore them when I had to, as despite many adjustments, they never fit, and made my mouth's roof & gums terribly sore, for years... Then a friend told me to see Dr.Machs. His education, background, & range of experience are stunning (I don't stun, as a rule...). As an RN, I didn't believe this Ievel of thorough evaluation, information, & genuine care was possible in this life. I can't recommend him and the staff highly enough.
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5319 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Tacoma, Washington 98409