When you arrive for your first visit, please be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms that will allow us to begin your dental treatment. We will ask you to fill out several forms that will get you acquainted with our office. Please bring your insurance card with you if you would like for our office to file your insurance claim.
Your initial exam will last approximately one hour. Dental digital radiographs will be taken to detect any decay that might be present and a panoramic x-ray will be taken to detect any unnatural areas such as tumors, cysts, and the absence or presence of third molars (wisdom teeth). With x-rays as a guide, the hygienist will do an exam which will consist of charting all existing dental work, a cancer screening for oral cancer, and a periodontal exam. The periodontal exam consists of several measurements around each tooth to check the overall gum health. Oral hygiene instructions will be provided along with suggestions to help you care for your teeth. In most cases, we will also clean your teeth on this visit to remove any calculus or tartar buildup and provide an evaluation that will outline your existing dental problems and proposed treatment. The Doctor will review all work completed in this cleaning procedure, answer any questions and prepare a treatment plan of any work which needs attention.