Your initial examination appointment will usually consist of diagnostic films, medical and dental history review, a thorough oral examination, and a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. However, if you have a complex medical history or complex treatment plan it can be necessary to return for a second consultation visit for reviewing your treatment plan. For emergency dental needs, we will try to provide relief treatment the same day. Non emergency dental treatment will usually be completed at subsequent visits.
Please assist us by bringing the following information at your first visit:
- The completed General Information, Health History, Dental History forms (which are found under the “contact us” tab)
- If you have dental insurance, bring your insurance card. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
- Current x-rays (only if taken within one year)
- A list of your current medications
IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under the age of 18 at the initial visit.
Please make sure that you list on the Medical History form any medical condition that may be of concern prior to dental treatment (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.) .
If you haven’t had dental x-rays in over a year, it is usually necessary that we take some digital dental x-ray films (the exposure is very minimal). Dental X-rays help us check for cavities between the teeth and to diagnose many other conditions. If you have x-rays that are less than a year old from a previous dentist, you should request them from your previous dentist in advance of your appointment with us, so that they will have been forwarded to our office. If there is not enough time, please plan to pick these up from your previous dentist and bring them with you for your initial appointment at our office. If additional films are necessary, they can always be taken at our office.