What can I expect during my first appointment?
Typically, your first appointment will involve an evaluation of your health and oral hygiene, risk of decay and gum disease, need for restorations, as well as checking your bite and jaw alignment, and removing stains or bacteria build up from your teeth. After evaluating your dental status, additional procedures may need to be done as well.
Should I bring my records from my previous dentist?
In order to ensure that you receive the best care possible, having past records from your former dentist will help. Your records contain a history of all office visits, treatment plans, diagnostics and procedures, as well as your past x-rays. Without having your past record, we will have to start over again and rely on what we currently see.
What time should I arrive for my first appointment?
For your first appointment, you should arrive 10-15 minutes early. Your first appointment will involve new patient paperwork and insurance verification, which can take extra time. Arriving early will allow your dental provider the full allotted time to accurately and thoroughly evaluate your health and perform any services recommended. For quicker convenience, we have our new patient paperwork underneath the “NEW PATIENTS” tab. Please feel free to print these off and fill them out prior to your appointment if you cannot arrive 10-15 minutes earlier.
What age do you start seeing children?
Children should be seen regularly by a dentist while their primary teeth are erupting. Typically, we start seeing children around the age of 3. Their first visit may only consist of feeling comfortable to this new environment and possibly allowing the dental provider to brush their teeth. Every child is different, and not every child is ready at the same time. Please note that during tooth development, it is important for kids to keep their teeth clean and free of bacteria as it could affect their underlying permanent teeth.