What can I expect at my first visit?
Our office goes above and beyond to make your first visit as smooth and painless as possible. At your first appointment, the 60-90 minute session will include:
Digital panoramic x-ray or a digital full mouth set of x-rays: These images give us a good view of all the hard tissue of your oral cavity. panoramic x-rays take less than one minute to complete and greatly reduces the amount of radiation to which our patients are exposed. We like to update this x-ray every 5 years. however, not all dental conditions can be diagnosed using panoramic x-rays. A full mouth set of x-rays is recommended in most cases where panoramic x-rays fall short. This is a 22 set of x-rays which cover all the dentition in the oral cavity. Our dentists will determine as to which x-rays should be taken.
Complete full-mouth charting of your gums: A vital component of checking for and monitoring gum disease and overall oral health is measuring “attachment loss.” We want to be sure that your teeth have the appropriate bone and tissue support to allow for proper oral and systemic health. They’ll take measurements for each tooth while an assistant records them in your file.
Comprehensive oral examination: Our doctors will analyze the information we’ve gathered and performed an oral exam to get the most accurate picture of your health. They’ll then discuss their findings with you and go over what, if any, further treatment is suggested before your next cleaning. They will also address any questions or concerns you may have.
Thorough dental cleaning: One of our qualified hygienists or doctors will finish up by scaling and polishing your teeth. If it has been a while since your last dental visit, a more intensive cleaning may be needed. The doctor will determine this before they begin and discuss your options with you if more advanced work is required. Once they’re done we’ll set you up for your next appointment and have you on your way!
Does not apply if gum disease is present