Your first visit
Your first visit to our office typically includes a full series of X-rays that allows us to view the structures of the jaw, the position of the teeth, roots, tooth decay, level and density of the bone, and calculus (tarter) that may be below the the gumline.
The initial visit involves a review of your medical and dental history. When you share your medical history, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform our office if you have experienced a recent hospitalization, surgery, or if you have been ill. Also tell us the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking — whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of your physician. This information will help us select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you.
Because we take great care and detail in our initial examinations this appointment is usually about 90 minutes. A dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, is not part of this initial visit.
We value patient safety
We take our patient safety very seriously, and utilize Class B sterilizers and Type 4 pouches recommended by the CDC for effective sterilization.
We encourage regular checkups for individuals age two and up. Regular checkups are important to:
- Check for problems you might not see or feel
- Find and treat early signs of decay
- Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning and polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, your doctor will check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue, and will check your existing fillings and restorations for signs of chips, cracks, loss, and new decay.
Regular checkup appointments typically take about 1 hour. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and we ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time.
The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep the teeth and gums healthy.