DENTAL CARE FOR NEW PATIENTS: WHAT TO EXPECT

YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT

Generally, the first appointment for your dental care is either an emergency visit (to get you out of pain) or a new patient examination to welcome you to the practice.

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:

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.

EMERGENCY APPOINTMENT

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 with any questions.

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 examination or to take care of an urgent concern.