New Dental Patient Consultation
This is where we begin our relationship, one that we hope will last many years. At this first appointment, we spend the time necessary to complete a very thorough clinical examination of your teeth and supporting and surrounding structures. But also and sometimes more importantly, we take the time to have a conversation and find out about you, and help you guide us towards an appropriate treatment plan customized for you.
This time is roughly broken into four parts:
- A functional examination of your bite, your jaw muscles and jaw joints
- A structural examination looking at teeth for problems such as dental decay, cracks and fractures
- A biological examination of gums and supporting structures, an oral cancer screening and screening for pathology in bone and soft tissues
- An aesthetic examination if it is important to you. We are happy to help make your smile the best it can be
We may choose to take dental radiographs in consultation with you, and we generally take a series of photographs of your teeth as well.
This examination is generally between 1 to 1.5 hours long. We will review the information we collect that day if any issues we find are straightforward. However, if the issues we find are complex, we will give an overview and then ask you to return at a different time to discuss them in greater detail.
In an effort to create the most comfortable environment possible, our office is now a Scent-Free Zone. Please help us keep the air we share healthy and fragrance-free. Did you know that the chemicals used in scented products can cause discomfort to people with scent sensitivities, asthma, allergies and other medical conditions?
We kindly request, for your next visit that you do not wear perfume, colognes, aftershave and other fragrances, as we work to serve all of our patients as best we can.