Office Visits

Office Visits

Regular Checkups

Don't brush off regular checkups to the dentist! Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. We encourage regular checkups at least every six months. Seeing the dentist twice a year is recommended because your dentist can:

  • Check for problems that you might not see or feel
  • Find early signs of decay
  • Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable

Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, the doctor checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the doctor also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.

Regular checkup appointments typically take 60 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.

Welcoming New Patients

Our practice is currently accepting both adult and child new patients. If you had x-rays taken within the last five years at previous dental office, request these x-rays be transferred to our office in order to reduce your expenses.

Your first visit to the doctor typically includes an x-ray that allows the doctor to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay. We utilize a state-of-the-art digital radiograph system to archive and compare your x-rays from previous visits.

X-Rays

The initial visit also involves getting your medical history. When you share your medical history with the doctor, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform your dentist if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill. Also tell the doctor the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking - whether prescription or over-the-counter products - and the name of your physician. Inform the doctor of any changes in your health or medications. It is also important to bring up any fears you may have about dental treatment.

We care about your health. Some medical conditions, such as recent joint replacements or use of blood thinners, are important for us to know as they may require premedication or suspension of use before your dental visit. Please check with your healthcare provider and make sure you do not have to take precaution before your visit. Failure to do so may prevent us from completing your dental visit.

The information collected in your first visit will help the doctor select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you.

Pre-school Age Patients

Pre-school age patients require special attention from a caring provider. We welcome the opportunity to partner with parents in preparing young children for their first dental check-up. We will schedule a pre-schooler's appointment for about 30 minutes. This appointment is called a "Happy Visit." Once you make the appointment, we will send your child a welcome packet in the mail. This packet contains paperwork for the parents as well as tips and tools to prepare your little one for a successful first trip. We encourage you to role play and educate your child before his appointment.

If the child is comfortable enough at the happy visit to have his teeth cleaned, we proceed and you are charged for a regular new patient child check-up. If he is not quite ready, we reschedule and try it again another day without any charge to you.

Please take some time to watch the following slideshow with your child. It will give her a very clear pictorial of what a trip to the dentist will be like.

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Family Practice versus Pediatric Dentistry

There are no major differences in the delivery of general preventative care for a child in a pediatric dental office versus a family practice like ours. Our professional hygienists can take care of all members of your family in one convenient office. Preventative dental care for children is more about matching the personality of the child to a caring hygienist.

Pediatric dentists have up to two additional years of study in children's oral health and development; therefore, if you have a family history of soft teeth or your child's pediatrician recommends a pediatric dentist, then we encourage you to evaluate recommendations thoroughly and find a provider with whom you are comfortable. Significant restorative work on young children may be referred to a pediatric dentist