First Visit

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First Visit

Your initial appointment will consist of a comprehensive examination that will involve a review of your health and dental conditions. Typically this appointment involves:

  • Clinical Exam including an Oral Cancer screening
  • Charting existing conditions including an evaluation of your gums (periodontal tissue) and bite (occlusion)
  • Photographic records
  • Necessary digitalX-rays
  • Review of your specific needs

After your examination we will explain your diagnosis and treatment options on a professional manner. The advantages and disadvantages of each treatment option will be reviewed, allowing you to make an informed decision about your dental health.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your initial appointment:

  • X-rays from previous dentist (if applicable)

If you have x-rays from a previous dentist (within 12 months), you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.

Our office uses digital x-rays, an advanced technique that reduces x-ray exposure dramatically. It is also easier to forward your digital x-rays via email should they need to be sent to a specialist or other practitioner.

  • A list of your current medications.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior toany dental treatment(i.e. artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.).
If you have dental insurance, please bring the necessary documents usually a health insurancecard. This will save time and allow us to process any claims.

Occasionally, treatment can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on a separate day.

IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under the age of 18 at the consultation visit.