Your Initial Visit
Our dentists know that the key to keeping your smile healthy is regular care and prevention. Your initial visit with us helps set that important foundation. Most initial visits are for a comprehensive exam; however, in the event of a dental emergency, your first visit will focus on addressing your immediate problem.
Your Comprehensive Exam – The Starting Point for Your Care
Your initial “comprehensive” dental exam takes about 90 minutes and involves a thorough evaluation of your overall dental health, including your teeth, bite, bone structures, and soft tissues. All of our new patients receive this comprehensive exam, as indicated by The American Dental Association. It includes:
- decay detection
- oral cancer screening
- gum tissue examination
- evaluation of how your teeth fit together
- evaluation of your jaw function, tempromandibular joint (TMJ), and associated muscles
- appropriate options, if desired, for enhancing the appearance of your smile
You may have noticed that plaque and tartar removal (AKA, teeth cleaning) is not part of this initial exam. It’s performed during a separately scheduled hygiene exam. This approach ensures that you receive the best service and the most appropriate care.
Your Personal Consultation
The information that we discover during the comprehensive exam helps us to formulate a complete diagnosis as well as a long-range treatment plan based on your individual needs. After your exam, you will return for a personalized consultation – time set aside just for you – during which we explain our recommendations and make sure you have the best possible information concerning your options. We’re proud to invest this time with you. It sets the foundation for success – your healthy, beautiful smile!
First Visits and Dental Emergencies
In some cases, your first visit with us may be due to an acute problem, such as injury, bleeding, or severe pain. The good news is that we can get you in quickly – usually the same day – for a shorter exam to address your immediate problem. After your dental emergency is treated, we will find a convenient time for you to return for a full evaluation and comprehensive dental exam.