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First Dental Visit
We consider your first visit to be the most important appointment you will have in our office. Your oral health examination will be unlike any other you have received in another dental office. The approach will be thorough and comprehensive. You will be encouraged to ask questions and voice concerns throughout the process. We will seek to understand your current oral concerns and any underlying factors that affect your smile. We then co-diagnose any problems or issues and together determine what type of treatment might be appropriate for you after discussing the options.
What will happen
At your examination appointment, we would first like to get acquainted with you. We will review your medical and dental history. We will take necessary digital dental images and photographs that will aid in making a diagnosis, developing a treatment plan, and predicting your future dental health. This exam also includes a head, neck, and oral cancer screening exam, TMD and bite analysis, and full periodontal status and smile analysis. We will also perform a charting in which we document fillings, crowns, and missing teeth. Dr. Carlson will check for decay, wear, fractures, and tooth mobility. This exam will take an hour of your time. In our patient’s best interest, we prefer not to schedule a cleaning at this first visit. It is very important to evaluate all your dental concerns and needs first and then schedule your appointments accordingly. To conclude your examination visit, we will give you an estimate of cost of your treatment plan. If your treatment plan is complex we may schedule another visit to consult with you about your dental needs to help you better understand your treatment options.
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional x-rays are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.