Your initial appointment usually will consist basically of an examination and any x-rays if need arises to review your treatment options and formulate a treatment plan suitable to your needs. Usually, treatment can be done or started the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Any x-rays taken by a previous dentist, if applicable.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have private dental insurance, bring along your PHI (Private Health Insurance)Card. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Please alert the office if you have any medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional x-rays are necessary, they can be taken at our facility. X-rays can show many things that can’t be seen such as
- Cavities between teeth, under the gums and around old fillings.
- Bone loss caused by gum disease.
- Teeth that are trapped (Or Impacted) in the gums, such as Wisdom teeth.
- Long or crooked tooth root that need special care.
- Infections are the root of teeth with deep cavities.
- Problems with the bone holding teeth in place.
What Our Comprehensive Examination will include?
During our Comprehensive Examination we will do the following:
- Examine oral condition of the patient This includes checking your jaw joint, your lips and tongue and soft tissues, the way your teeth bite together and also your teeth.
- Periodontal Charting( if situation demands) This is a systematic chart of the health of your gums, with 6 individual measurements made per tooth, to check for gum disease. Any other gum problems such as bleeding, recession and tooth mobility is also recorded. This provides our basis for developing a personalised oral hygiene plan for you
- Radiographs X-rays are a crucial aid in diagnosing dental conditions. Without them, an incorrect diagnosis may occur. Complex imaging is required sometimes.
- Extraoral and Intraoral Photography (If needed) With our Digital camera, we will take amazingly accurate photos of your teeth and smile.
- Consultation for treatment Plan After all of the above information is collected, we will sit down with you either in the same visit or scheduled visit to explain any issues. A treatment plan can be formulated immediately for simple cases but complex cases may require a second appointment to gather further information.