What to Expect From your First Visit at Marina Tooth Fairy Dental – San Francisco Dentist
We Believe That a Comprehensive First Exam is The Best Way to Begin the Process of Obtaining a Healthy, Beautiful Smile
To ensure success in our procedures, we take the necessary time to fully and thoroughly evaluate your present dental condition. Our goal is to give our clients the necessary information and education so that they may enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come. Here is what you should expect:
As a new patient; when you arrive, we will escort you to your treatment room where one of our team members will help you fill out the necessary paperwork. We continue with a one-on-one discussion covering your past dental history and present concerns. A treatment coordinator will come and take digital photographs, which are used for computerized imaging, and guide you through the rest of the process. Once everything is complete, Dr. Benjamin will complete a full comprehensive exam, which will include:
- A chart of all your teeth and the restorations presently in place, and not any restorative recommendations
- A complete cavity check, tooth-by-tooth
- Oral cancer screening—screening intra-orally, checking the tongue, cheeks and surrounding soft tissues
- A thorough evaluation of your bite
- A smile evaluation
- Dental x-rays—digital radiography which uses 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays
- Diagnostic molds, if necessary
Some patients choose to combine their initial visit with their hygienic cleaning. Our hygienists pride themselves on the highest level of skill, education and experience they bring to every patient. Between their extensive post-graduate training and their knowledge of advanced technology, they provide the latest techniques for comfortable dental hygiene. During your hygiene appointment, not only will we clean your teeth, we will also perform a full-mouth periodontal probing to determine if you have any signs of gum disease.
After we have provided a complete examination and hygienic cleaning and presented you with your treatment plan, we can work with you to get started on a treatment, which is most important for you. Whether it is cosmetic or restorative work, we are here to work with you in getting a healthy, beautiful smile that you are proud to show others.
Although most patients do come to us for general dental procedures including hygienic cleanings, fillings and cosmetic work, we practice dentistry with the aesthetics of the final result in mind. We place special emphasis on making you look and feel great.
Our hygiene, restorative and cosmetic fees are comparable to those at premier cosmetic dental boutiques nationally and in the Bay Area. In fact, depending on the procedure, our fees may be lower than other dental practices. We encourage you to experience what separates us from other dental practices. We are confident you will agree that our services are value-priced. We look forward to you becoming apart of our family here at Marina Tooth Fairy Dental.
Dr. Hibret Hailu Benjamin
Excellent in Cosmetic, Implant & Sedation Dentistry
At hat to Expect From Your First Visit at Marina Tooth Fairy Dental Dental, we are concerned not only with our patients’ oral health, but also with your overall health and quality of life. Patients receive dental care in the comfort of our clean, contemporary office where they enjoy amenities including valet parking, televisions, wi-fi access, hot scented towels and blankets, noise canceling headphones, and a beverage station.
- Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer Screening
At the front line in the fight against oral cancer, we at Marina Tooth Fairy Dental have the best tools to help protect our patients from this deadly disease. Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection (LD) is that tool. Sapphire Plus LD provides enhanced visual information so we can better detect and diagnose the presence of cancer or pre-cancer, which is why Sapphire Plus LD is a routine part of all the complete visual and physical exams we perform in our practice.
Early detection is the key! When cancer is discovered late, survival rates are as low as 28%; when it’s discovered early, survival rates are as high as 82%. Getting screened is an effective way to discover oral cancer at an early, highly curable stage. With Sapphire Plus LD, we can even detect lesions before they produce any pain or symptoms.
- Periodontal Testing
The MyPerioPath® salivary diagnostic test identifies the type and concentration of specific perio-pathogenic bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease. MyPerioPath® helps support our doctor with better risk assessment and personalized treatment options for more predictable outcomes. The MyPerioPath® test is quickly and easily administered chair-side, and takes about a minute to complete.
- Canker Sore Therapy
Canker Sore Therapy
Have you ever had a canker sore? The official term for them is an apthous ulcer. If you’ve ever had one, you know how painful a canker sore can be and how unbearable it feels to wait for them to heal. It could be a week to two-week wait! Dental lasers are an amazing answer to the suffering that has been associated with canker sores. A dental soft tissue laser used for 30–45 seconds can relieve the pain that canker sores cause. The dental laser doesn’t even touch the lesion! It is literally waved like a magic wand over the lesion. After the dental laser is moved over the lesion, the stinging, burning pain is gone!
- Cold Sore Therapy
Cold Sore Therapy
Cold sores are a common nuisance. Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) that causes them, cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas. Laser treatment at Marina Tooth Fairy Dental is the most effective way to heal and prevent cold sore breakouts. Laser treatment not only relieves pain, but prevents future outbreaks as well.
Call us today to learn more about our effective laser cold sore and cancer sore treatment or to make an appointment.
- Dry Mouth Therapy
Dry Mouth Therapy
Everyone, at some time or another, experiences dry mouth. It can happen when you are nervous, upset or under stress. But if you have a dry mouth all or a lot of the time, it cannot only be uncomfortable—it can have serious consequences for your health. That’s because saliva does more than just keep the mouth wet. It helps digest food, protects teeth from decay, prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth, and makes it possible for you to chew and swallow. Without enough saliva, you can develop tooth decay or other infections in the mouth.
At the Marina Tooth Fairy Dental we have incorporated protocols to aid our patients with this condition and its potential consequences. By utilizing minimally invasive testing, and with a combination of diet changes (Xylitol lollipops, omission of acids) and regimes of varying acid balance with special fluoride and Xylitol rinses, we are able to treat dry mouth syndrome, preserving healthy smiles.
- HPV Salivary Diagnostic Test
HPV Salivary Diagnostic Test
Oral HPV is a manifestation of the HPV virus in the mouth, and is primarily found in the oropharyngeal complex. Early detection and identification of the presence or absence of oral HPV is important, as early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms.
Dr. Benjamin and her team are one of the San Francisco dental offices in the Bay Area that offers this procedure. Please feel free to ask any of our team members about it.