Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options based on your dental needs, x-rays, current dental health, and dental goals. Sometimes, treatment may also be performed during the same visit. However, an extensive medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and additional appointment(s) for treatment to be provided.
Please assist us by providing the following information before OR at the time of your appointment:
- A complete list of medications you are currently taking.
- Your previous dental history/referral and any x-rays if applicable.
- If you have dental insurance, please bring your insurance card & the necessary completed patient forms. You may also call us with this information. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
Reminder: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all appointments.
Please alert the office of the following, IF:
- You have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to your appointment/procedure (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, pacemaker, rheumatic fever, radiation therapy, etc.)
- You are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy (“blood thinners,” etc.)
- You are pregnant
- You have a medical condition that requires pre-medication with antibiotics
Additionally, for the well-being of our staff and patients, please re-schedule your appointment and see your physician if you have symptoms that may include, but are not limited to, nausea, fever, any untreated allergic reactions, sore throat, cough, etc.
If your previous dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward or email them to our office. If there is not enough time prior to your appointment, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our office with our state of the art digital x-rays. Digital x-rays are not only a great diagnostic tool, but they decrease radiation to the patient by at least 80% through the duration of a tenth of a second exposure time. X-rays are generally taken as follows: Bitewing x-rays every 12 months, periapical x-rays as needed or every 12-16 months, panoramic x-ray every 36-60 months.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
- Abscesses or cysts
- Bone loss
- Decay between teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Root or bone structure abnormalities
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
- Integrity of existing fillings/crowns