Your First Visit
Your first visit to our office typically begins with a set of routine x-rays which will be used to view the roots of the teeth, the health of the bone structure around them, the presence of unhealthy calculus under the gums, and the presence of cavities. We see it all! So if you fall in that last group, don't every feel like you'll be embarrassed at our office. If needed, additional x-rays may be taken to determine the cause of specific problems or source of discomfort.
Continuing from there, we hope to be able to clean your teeth, and conduct an examination to determine if any treatment is necessary. If so, we will discuss these needs with you, along with your options to take care of them. The majority of new patients will likely need little or no treatment. But some will have moderate needs, and some know before they ever arrive that they will have a mouth full of cavities. When treatment is needed, we provide a list that will allow patients plan and schedule to take care of them.
We encourage regular checkups for kids starting at about age two and half. We find that for our patients, this age presents a pretty good opportunity to examine young teeth in a kid that's just getting to the point where he can sit and cooperate for a short (20 minute) dental appointment. Our secret weapon of distraction is cartoons on the TV!
Regular checkups are important to:
- Check for problems that you might not see or feel
- Find early signs of decay
- Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
For returning patients, 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, and will check your existing fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
Regular checkup appointments typically take about 45 minutes. 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 immediately.