I am a new patient scheduled next week. Can you tell me what I can expect during my first appointment?
First of all, WELCOME! On your first visit, you will get a comprehensive oral examination and teeth cleaning. We will first review your medical status and take all the necessary x-rays and intraoral photos. You will receive a comprehensive periodontal examination including oral cancer screening. Evaluation of your current oral condition as well as any existing restorations such as fillings, crowns, implants, and dentures will be done. We will review all the findings with you and develop diagnoses of your oral health status. Then, the treatment plan that is customized to your needs will be developed and discussed.
Why do I need to take x-rays when I have no pain in my mouth?
Diagnostic x-rays are taken in accordance with the recommendation by the American Dental Association and our doctors’ professional judgement. X-rays can detect problems that are often not evident to the naked eye and have no symptoms. As much as we try to eliminate “routine x-rays,” we feel strongly that they are excellent and essential diagnostic procedures to allow us to provide the most appropriate treatment.
Why do I need a periodontal examination?
A comprehensive periodontal examination is the best way to evaluate your gum health status and to detect the gum disease. It is performed in our office once a year on every patient as recommended by American Academy of Periodontology. Gum disease can lead to sensitive tooth, bad breathe, red and swollen gum, and eventual tooth loss. Early detection and proper treatment are essential to maintain the gum health.
Why I need to complete the long Medical History questionnaire?
Your oral and systemic health are closely related. It is important for us to know your general health condition, history, and medications that you take, because we often need to alter dental treatment to customize it to your general health and lifestyle. Did you know that many of health conditions manifest first in your oral cavity? Your dentist can be the first one to notice and alert you of possible underlying health issues.