NEW PATIENT GUIDANCE
We are delighted to welcome you to our practice!
We are serious about providing superior dental care at reasonable prices and proud of our dedication to our patients. Our goal is to help you feel and look your very best through excellent dental care.
At our practice, we take a very comprehensive approach in providing dental care. As a new patient, you will be guided through the process of becoming a patient with us from the very first call. We ask several questions over the phone about your dental and medical history, such as if you have had cardiac or joint surgery, if you take any type of blood thinner, etc. This information helps us prepare for your visit and, if necessary, coordinate your care with your other health care providers.
Prior to your visit, we recommend that you contact your previous Dental Provider and request copies of all your dental records, including x-rays*. These records will greatly assist us in ensuring that your dental care needs are met and ensures continuity of any special dental care that your prior dentist may have been giving to you. Please be prepared that when you call for these records that your prior dental provider may require you to sign a release, which can add to the time it takes to actually get the records. If possible, we recommend that you pick them up in person. If not, have them mailed directly to us.
As part of our comprehensive approach. every new patient completes a medical and dental history, which the dental staff and dentist will review, a comprehensive oral exam, periodontal charting, oral cancer screening, teeth and jaw relationship evaluation, and x-rays. The Dentist will share with you his preliminary findings and overal assessment.
Based on the cumulation of this information, the Dentist will create a treatment plan for you. Again, this is very comprehensive and, if possible, will include options. Before you leave, our Patient Liason will go over your treatment plan in detail with you to ensure that you are well educated before you leave. If your treatment plan includes several options, we may need extra time to prepare it and we may ask you to come back to meet with us.
*Since many insurance companies will only pay for an FMX once every 5 years and Bitewing X-rays every 12 months, you can reduce your costs by ensuring that we have received your previous x-rays.