Your First Visit
Your First Visit
Our goal is to help you through your first appointment. We all know how scary it can be, so we are here to answer any questions or help alleviate any concerns you may have.
We work hard to offer our patients (new and old) a welcoming and comfortable office. We know that you may be anxious about your visit, so we will do everything we can do to help.
We know that the first appointment is the worst because of all of the paperwork. Because of this, we can mail you the paperwork so you can complete it before you come.
You can expect us to not only clean your teeth, but to also do a thorough examination of your mouth and gums. This involved a series of x-rays and a multi-point gum exam. We take it seriously that we can prevent many problems with oral cancer by early detection.
New patients receive a comprehensive examination which includes a screening for oral cancer, gum and bone disease, blood pressure, and systemic disorders. A routine oral exam is performed on established patients to determine any changes in dental and health status since the previous visit.
Your gum tissue is measured with a fine instrument ruler to calibrate in millimeters pocket depth between the tooth and the connective gum tissue around the tooth. Pocket depths more than 4 millimeters could indicate disease and infection. The deeper the pocket, the greater the extent plaque bacteria collects and infection in gum disease develops.
X-rays are taken as needed.
Tooth scaling and root planing occur as needed.
Routine cleanings also include a professional polishing (Prophy) that removes only the soft sticky plaque that is above the gum line.
While patients of record rarely have any emergent problems, when one does arise feel free to contact the Dr at home or on his cell phone.