We understand that new patients may feel nervous about visiting a dental office. Please speak to us about your fears or concerns, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Our goal is to make your visit as comfortable and efficient as possible! The following will give you a better understanding of what to expect on your first visit:
NEW PATIENT FORM: Please fill out the new patient form (available upon request) and bring it with you on your first appointment. This will provide our office with basic information, such as your address, birthday, emergency contact, and medical conditions or allergies.
INSURANCE: If you are covered by an insurance plan, please bring your policy number, identification number, and insurance booklet with you. Our friendly administrative staff will help you obtain reimbursements from your insurer, as well as answer any questions that you may have about your policy.
X-RAYS & DENTAL RECORDS FROM PREVIOUS DENTAL OFFICE: We may help you request for your previous dental records to be transferred to our office by completing a “X-Ray Request Form” (available upon request).
DENTAL HISTORY UPDATE: Once seated in the dental chair, our dentists will discuss with you any general or oral health conditions which you may have - such as toothaches, bleeding gums, sensitivity to objects placed in the mouth, etc.
EXAMINATION: Our dentists will perform a thorough examination of your mouth. This will include checking for signs of oral cancer, gum disease, infections, tooth fractures, eroded fillings, and cavities. The number and condition of each tooth will also be recorded into your dental chart.
X-RAYS: X-rays will only be taken if necessary and you will be given the proper protection against radiation. Our x-rays are digitally-developed and thus give off 80% less radiation than the traditional film x-rays. X-rays are often needed to help dentists diagnose potential problems such as bone loss, deep infections, cracks in teeth, wisdom teeth, or cavities between teeth or under the gum line.
TREATMENT & PLANNING: This stage involves discussing and devising a treatment plan that will help you achieve optimal oral health. The plan may include future dental examinations, scaling or cleaning, or major procedures (such as bleaching, orthodontics, or implants). Each step of the treatment plan will only be performed with your full consent and authorization.
CLEANING: Cleaning & polishing are highly recommended as part of the New Patient Examination. An initial cleaning includes 45 minutes of scaling and 15 minutes of polishing. Scaling removes stains and plaque build-up from your teeth. Polishing smooths your tooth surfaces, making it harder for plaque to accumulate.
PREVENTION, PREVENTION, PREVENTION! The best way to keep your smile healthy is to practice good oral hygiene habits. Proper flossing and brushing will also save you money and time. A member of our dental team will conclude your visit by helping you develop a sound oral hygiene routine.