Expectations For Your First Visit
During your first visit, we will take an x-ray of your mouth. X-rays allow us to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.
Initially, we will review your medical history. As you share your medical history, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Please let us know if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill.
We recommend telling us the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking. Both prescription and over-the-counter products should be conveyed as well as the name of your primary physician. This information will help us select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you.
We encourage regular checkups for individuals age four and up. Regular checkups are important to:
- Check for underlying issues
- Detect early signs of decay
- Treat oral health problems early—while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, 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. We will also check your existing fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear, chip, or crack.
Regular checkup appointments typically take about 45 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.