Your First Visit
Knowing what to expect during your first visit to a new dentist can help you feel calm and prepared for your first appointment. During your first consultation, you will get to know your new dentist and our friendly and caring office staff. You will also have time to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the health and well-being of your smile. New patients at our office generally undergo a comprehensive oral health examination from their new dentist. The exam may include dental x-rays and a professional cleaning from one of our dental hygienists.
What to Bring to Your First Appointment
For your first appointment, there are several things you can bring with you to make your visit as simple and convenient as possible, including:
- Your dental insurance card (if applicable)
- Any recent dental x-rays
- Information about your medical history, including medications
- A form of identification, such as your driver’s license or military ID
Bring a list of questions you want to ask our staff during your appointment as well.
What to Expect During Your Visit
The goal of your first dental appointment is to get to know the staff and meet your dentist. During this visit, you will likely meet with your dentist to discuss your specific oral health goals and any concerns you may have.
Discuss Your History
Your dentist may ask you about your dental history, so you should be prepared to discuss past dental work as well as any changes you have noticed in your smile.
Comprehensive Oral Health Exam
Your dentist will check the health of your teeth and gums and examine any existing restorations. They will likely also examine your jaw and the way your teeth fit together. The oral exam allows your dentist to obtain a complete picture of the health of your smile. If you have not had x-rays taken within the past six months, you will likely have some taken during this appointment as well.
After your initial evaluation, your dentist can discuss your treatment options with you, so that you can make an educated decision about how to proceed.
Depending on your needs, you may also have a professional cleaning from a dental hygienist during this appointment. In some cases, your dentist may recommend waiting until your next appointment.
How Long Will It Take?
An initial dental appointment typically takes between one and two hours. Generally, it is best to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to complete any patient forms. Preparing for your appointment in advance can help expedite the visit.
After your appointment, we can provide you with a personalized estimate of the cost of your treatment plan. In many cases, we can also contact your insurance provider to discuss coverage. During this appointment, you can also learn more about what types of payment we accept and the financing options we offer. Understanding your coverage and options can help you make a more informed decision about your treatment.