Scheduled your first appointment at a new dental clinic? Feeling a little unsettled? Your first visit doesn’t have to be a mystery. To help answer questions and alleviate worries, here’s what to expect during a new dentist appointment.
The receptionist will create a new patient record using your personal details and contact information. You’ll be required to complete a short questionnaire about your oral health as well as a comprehensive medical history to get a complete picture of you and your health. Previous dental records may also be transferred to your new dental clinic to help build your file. Be sure to ask any questions you have and share accurate information about your oral health history.
X-rays are common during initial appointments. They can diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as infections, impacted teeth and concealed cavities. X-ray results will allow your dentist to complete a more comprehensive oral examination.
Modern X-ray machines emit minimal radiation, but you should always wear a lead apron as a precaution. Inform your dentist if you’re pregnant. We can still take X-rays on pregnant patients but prefer not to in the first trimester unless it is an emergency situation that requires them.
The process is quick and simple, so sit back and follow your dentist’s instructions.
During the oral examination, your dentist will search for signs of tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease). We also examine all soft tissues for any irregularities or lesions and assess the TMJ.
You’ll also likely be asked about:
- Recent sensitivity or toothaches you’ve experienced
- Activities you participate in that may affect the condition of your teeth (ex. sports)
- Cosmetic concerns you may have
After the exam, a personalized treatment plan will be developed to improve your oral health.
The next step is a thorough cleaning. Your dentist or a hygienist will remove built-up plaque from your teeth to help prevent gum disease, cavities and bad breath. Then your teeth will be flossed and polished for some extra shine. Fluoride will then be applied at the end to help strengthen the surface of your teeth.
The cleaning process typically takes between 45 and 60 minutes to complete, and leaves your mouth feeling fresh and healthy.
Following your appointment at your new dental clinic, the receptionist will schedule your next visit. Regular check-ups should be completed roughly every six months, but you may visit your new dentist more frequently depending on your treatment plan.
Donsdale Dental always welcomes new patients. Whether you’re in need of a cleaning, filling or cosmetic procedure, we’re here to help. We look forward to meeting you soon!
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