Your First Visit
Your first visit will take approximately 90 minutes and consists of an interview, comprehensive exam and radiographs (x-rays). Before the initial exam, the doctor will ask you about your medical history. On your medical history form, be sure to provide complete, up to date information. It is very important to note any allergies, hospitalizations, surgeries, or illnesses. It is especially important to tell the doctor about allergic reactions to antibiotics, joint replacements, heart surgery, and osteoporosis treatment.
Also, tell the doctor the names, doses, and frequency of any medications that you are taking including prescription and over the counter products. The doctor will also need the name of your physician. This information will help the doctor to select the safest and most effective treatment for you.
The doctor will then perform a thorough exam which includes checking the muscles of your neck and face, your gums, teeth, jaw, lymph nodes in the neck and jaw, and an oral cancer screening. The oral cancer screening includes a new technology called Velscope. It is an early detection tool that is used in addition to visual and tactile screening methods.
Next, a set of radiographs (x-rays) will be taken, usually a full mouth series (FMX) which consists of 7 to 8 vertical bitewings and a panoramic image. They allow the doctor to see tooth decay, the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and abnormalities.
Finally, we take a series of photographs of your teeth which aids the doctor in developing the best possible treatment plan for your needs.
If the treatment plan is not complex or extensive, the doctor will discuss it with you immediately. Otherwise a consultation appointment will be scheduled so that you and the doctor can discuss the treatment plan fully. There is no charge for treatment consultation appointments.
The doctor will recommend the cleaning that is appropriate for you as part of your treatment plan and our scheduling coordinator will assist you with making your appointments at the conclusion of your new patient appointment.