Dental Care For New Patients: What to Expect
Our goal is to make sure you are completely comfortable during your entire experience at our dental office. We have included an overview of what you can expect during your first appointment, whether it is for a new patient exam or to take care of an urgent concern.
YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
NEW PATIENT EXAM
This first appointment to the dentist is where we take the time to get to know you and your oral condition. We always work together to inform you about the state of your dental health, and what can be done to prevent future problems and how to treat current issues. Some of the things you can expect during your first visit include:
- Completing your new patient registration, medical, and dental health history
- Introducing you to our office and giving you a tour of our new, modern facility
- Bringing you in to be seated in one of our comfortable dental chairs
- Taking photographs, and performing a thorough and gentle examination
- Taking radiographs (X-rays), as needed, to help us diagnose any concerns
After we have completed the dental care evaluation, we will invite you to come back for a consultation appointment with the dentist in order to review the findings and present recommendations (the consultation is provided as a no charge courtesy to patients). Usually, we would also complete your initial dental hygiene visit after the consultation, but in some cases, we may need to treat urgent concerns first. In all cases, we will carefully explain what our findings are, discuss options and work with you to make decisions about your treatment. We want to provide you with all the information needed to maintain and improve oral health. This is an important appointment for establishing a life-long and trusting relationship with the dentist and the dental team.
At this appointment, you have a concern that we need to deal with immediately. Our goal is to get you comfortable as soon as possible. You will still need to complete a new patient registration and medical history. We will then discuss your concern and perform an examination. In most cases, we will need to take a radiograph (X-ray), in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Once we have completed these steps, we will then work with you to make a decision about the situation. If possible, we will provide treatment the same day. E-mail or call us for any questions.