Initial Examination Appointment
Before any treatment begins, each patient receives a thorough examination and health assessment. At this appointment we get to know you and your family history, review your medical and dental history, and address your reason(s) for seeking our care.
This examination typically includes digital x-rays and a complete survey and charting of your teeth, including cavities, restorations, and missing teeth. We also evaluate your periodontal (gum) health, occlusion (teeth position and bite) and TMJ (jaw joint) as well as screen for oral cancer and record your blood pressure.
We will then review our findings, discuss your needs, answer your questions and make recommendations for treatment. Once treatment recommendations have been made, one of our Patient Care Coordinators will discuss your insurance benefits, give you an estimate, and provide you with the number and length of visits needed to complete treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should I bring to my first dental visit?
A: You should bring the following items with you to your first exam:
- Health insurance card and dental insurance information.
- Any x-rays you have had taken in the past 5 years.
- Any names of dental specialists (periodontist, orthodontist, endodontist, etc) you are currently seeing or have seen before.
- A list of all prescription and non-prescription medications you are currently taking or have taken recently.
- Completed welcome and health history form if possible.
Q: Will dental treatment hurt?
A: We use topical and local anesthetics and offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to ensure the comfort of our patients. In special cases, we can premedicate prior to dental appointments if necessary.
Q: How do I pay for dental services?
A: We accept most insurance. We also accept cash, checks and credit cards. We will work with your insurance to help maximize your dental benefits.
You can fill out our welcome and health history forms online or call our office and it can be mailed to you. If you choose the online forms, click PDF files below and print out. You can then fax in completed forms or bring with you to your appointment.
New Patient Downloadable PDF Forms
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