New Patient Information

Getting to Know You

We always welcome new patients and completely understand the apprehension that often accompanies a new dental office visit. That is why we believe getting to know the person attached to the teeth is as important as the teeth themselves. We will ask a lot of questions about your teeth and health. We will also spend the time to get to know your likes, dislikes, apprehensions and vision for your dental health. This way, you have the most input into what gets treated and how we treat you.

What to Expect on Your First Visit (non-emergency):

  1. We take 18 digital x-rays showing all of the areas of the teeth , surrounding bone and structures. These reveal growths, abscesses and other abnormalities. Digital xrays use 1/10 the radiation of traditional dental x-rays and are more diagnostic because of computer enhancement.
  2. We check the gums for appearance, thoroughness of homecare and signs of disease. Periodontal disease is a silent disease that you may not be aware of until it is advanced and complicated to treat.
  3. Then we check the teeth for mobility, missing teeth, failing fillings, decay, cracks and signs of abnormal wear.
  4. Our office utilizes a laser device known as a Diagnodent that checks for decay in cracks and fissures of teeth where x-rays are of limited value.
  5. We examine the jaw joint. A joint that does not work normally is a sure sign of other dental problems and if left untreated can cause headaches, ringing in the ears, and broken teeth.
  6. We look at the way the teeth fit together and the relationship of the jaws to each other.
  7. We will check for sores and discolorations on the tissues of the mouth and tongue which could be signs of cancer or other infections or diseases.
  8. We present the findings to you and discuss them in as much detail as you need along with recommendations for care and treatment.
  9. At that point it is up to you decide what you want to do. You can choose to do all of it, some of it or none of it. After all, it’s your teeth and your health that we are talking about.