Your first visit
Your first visit to our office typically includes X-rays that allows us to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay. You will receive a thorough oral examination, an oral cancer screening and diagnostic photographs.
The initial visit involves a review of your medical history. When you share your medical history, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform our office if you have experienced a recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have been ill. Also tell us the names of any medications or over-the-counter products you may be taking.
We encourage regular checkups for individuals age three and up. Regular checkups are important to:
- Check for problems 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 and polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, your doctor will check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue, and inspect your existing fillings and restorations. Constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
Regular checkup appointments typically take about 45 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and we ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.