Your First Visit At Our Office
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
The philosophy of our office is that every patient who has potential treatment needs should first undergo a comprehensive examination. Without an in-depth exam, accurate full-mouth diagnoses cannot be made. It is in your best interest that we examine the full mouth and not just isolated problems you may be having. The comprehensive exam at your first visit will include the following:
- Head and neck exam, including jaw joints
- Soft tissue and oral cancer screening exam
- Occlusal exam (how teeth relate and fit together)
- Tooth-by-tooth exam
- Periodontal exam (gums and bony support of teeth)
- Diagnosis of the type of cleaning you will need
- Intraoral photographs (if necessary)
- X-rays of teeth (if older than 12-months or inadequate, additional fee if required)
- Diagnostic stone models of your teeth (additional fee if required)
At the end of the exam, if your treatment needs are minimal, the doctor may be able to provide you with a plan of necessary treatment before you leave the same day. If your treatment needs are more extensive or complicated, you may be appointed for an additional consultation appointment on a separate day (at no charge) to review the exam findings and treatment options with the doctor. Expect the first visit to last at least 90 minutes.
Our Expectations of You
- Please bring your insurance card and a form of ID.
- Please bring completed New Patient Paperwork or arrive 15-minutes in advance of your appointment time to fill out the paperwork in our office.
- Please bring a complete list of any medications you take and any allergies you have with you to your appointment.
Please bring contact information for your general medical doctor and any specialists you see such as a cardiologist, orthopedist, or oncologist. If you require antibiotic pre-medication prior to dental treatment for an artificial joint, heart condition, or cancer, please have your physician furnish the prescription for the first visit, and take the medication as prescribed. Bring the prescription bottle with you to the visit so we may copy the prescription for our records.
If you have had x-rays within the last 12-months, let our administrative staff know so we may obtain copies of the x-rays. You will need to fill out the form "Consent for Release of X-Rays" under our Patient Forms tab. If there are no x-rays, or the ones provided are inadequate, we will update x-rays at the first visit, for a fee separate from the exam fee.
Your payment is due at the time services are rendered. Please be prepared to pay at each appointment. If you need financing, you may qualify for CareCredit. Our administrative staff would be happy to assist you in learning more about this option.