Your First Appointment
Your first exam is an important step for us to get to know you, hear your dental concerns and to evaluate your needs. We will use a variety of diagnostic records including: X-rays, photos, and periodontal readings (gum measurements). The doctor will meet with you to discuss the information gathered, help you create an individualized treatment plan, and answer any questions that you may have. After this initial exam you will be scheduled for a cleaning with one of our hygienists.
Why we don’t clean your teeth during your first visit
Periodontal readings are a critical tool for our staff to schedule you for an appropriate type of cleaning appointment. Taking measurements before you have your cleaning insures that we can set aside the appropriate amount of time for periodontal treatment. Experience has taught us that it is imperative to meet patients and evaluate their teeth in person for periodontal conditions before scheduling a cleaning.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your visit:
- Your completed forms
- A list of medications you are presently taking
- Notification of any medical condition that requires pre-medication prior to a dental appointment
- If you have dental insurance, be sure our office staff has all necessary information a minimum of 72 hours prior to your appointment. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
All new patients are required to have a recent set of full mouth X-rays. X-rays are a critical diagnostic tool to evaluate the condition of your teeth, soft tissues around them, and bone that supports them. To minimize exposure to radiation, we take only digital X-rays, which reduces exposure by as much as 85%, compared to traditional film. If you’ve had a set taken within the last year, we may be able to use those. Please contact our office for further information on transferring X-rays.