First Dental Visit & Dental Exam
Your comfort and satisfaction are important from the get-go—and that starts here, with an explanation of what you can expect at your first dental visit. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your first dentist visit—just call, write, or ask your dentist.
Hellos and paperwork
In the waiting room, you will be greeted by our lovely front office staff who will get you started on your new patient paperwork. Please come in 15 minutes before your appointment so you have time to complete your paperwork.
Initial comprehensive exam & X-rays
You will meet with your dentist to talk about your medical history. If you have any oral health worries or fears, you can feel comfortable sharing them with the doctor—your comfort is most important, so we encourage you to ask questions.
Next, your dentist will likely examine your teeth, gums, and mouth, and take x-rays and/or panoramic radiographs. Panoramic radiographs help your dentist view unerupted or impacted teeth, as well as sinus conditions, and can detect lesions or fractures in the jaw.
- This initial comprehensive exam is a way to learn the status of your oral health, and to learn how the dentist can help you.
- If the dentist diagnoses that you need a dental cleaning we will do our best to get it done in the same appointment to make it more efficient for you
Your dentist will discuss the comprehensive dental treatment plan he or she developed specifically for you. While your dentist will provide the expert guidance you deserve, your questions are always welcome and you always have the final say in your treatment.
- Your treatment plan is designed to prevent small issues from getting bigger and more expensive, so it will address the problems that are bothering you now and may also identify others that could impact your long-term oral health.
After you’ve talked with your dentist, our front office staff will answer any questions or concerns you might have, including the payment options available and how your dental insurance works.
After your first dental visit, you will receive a copy of your dental treatment plan, which includes the price quote for your recommended treatments.
- If you have any questions or if there’s anything you don't understand, please call—we want to make sure you understand and feel comfortable with your recommended treatment.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).