Meeting Your New Dentist: A Guide

Visiting a dentist sometimes can be an overwhelming experience. With the rising concerns about oral health issues, it has become a common trend for people to visit the dentist regularly.  It is common to find people who remain with their same doctor for many years, as they feel comfortable with the service and build up trust. Moving into a new neighborhood, or other circumstances, may lead us into finding a new dentist.

Smile Reminders

Sometimes it’s easy to forget appointments with a hectic daily routine. Now, for your convenience, our office will send you a smile reminder about your next appointment via email or text message.

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Here is a quick rundown on the things you should expect during your first visit to a new dentist in Russellville, AR.

 

Initial Consultation

The first step is to call our office and set up an appointment. Consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist and get to know him better. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.

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New Patient Paperwork and Documentation

If you are content with our dentist after the first meeting, our team at My Dentist will assist in setting up an appointment. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out a new patient form along with providing your dental history and records. It is suggested that you come in at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to fill these forms.

This paperwork is divided in two categories, both of which need to be properly completed. The first one requires your personal details. In this form, you have to fill in personal information such as your name, age, marital status, income range, home address, etc. You will also be required to complete a medical history form. In this form, you must provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and details about dental insurance coverage, policy and provider.

It is imperative for you to be precise in answering all the questions as any wrong answer could impact your future treatment.

Our office also provides patients with the choice of filling the forms before coming to the clinic. This means that you can visit our website and fill out the enrollment form online. This saves you time and ensures you a hassle-free appointment scheduling and an efficient and effective visit. Patients can download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information would be stored in our database and will be evaluated prior to your session.

 

Comprehensive Examination

After reviewing your dental health history, our dentist will most likely examine your gums, teeth, and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is performed to study the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so that there are no extra particles in your mouth at that time.

Our dentist will generally look for any sensitivity, decay, and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination, and explain the procedure to you, accordingly. Even though our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled, he might still ask you questions about your teeth while examining them. This is fairly common in the event that our dentist sees anything unusual or something which was not mentioned in the forms.

 

X-Ray

After conducting the comprehensive exam, our dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the condition of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases and cavities. The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays as they provide the dentist a much detailed view of the teeth and jaw. The dentist is able to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures easily with the panoramic X-ray.  

Although believed to be a lengthy process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe. The X-rays are a safe procedure for the patient.  Our dentist will guide you through the simple procedure by asking you to bite down on gauze, while the rest of the body is protected from the X-ray machine with a device that will cover it. Only the mouth will be scanned by the machine.

 

Post Examination Review

After the dental exam, our dentist will discuss your results with you. Our dentist will guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that he may have found in your mouth. He may also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic. The dentist will suggest and explain to you the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for your specific needs and will customize it to fit your requirements.  

After, you will receive the total cost of the particular procedure and can discuss a payment plan accordingly.

Our main goal is to help you maintain good oral health and solve all of your dental issues.

 

Follow-Up Appointment

Lastly, when you are done meeting with our dentist at  My Dentist in Russellville Arkansas and you have discussed your treatment and concerns at length, you will be scheduled for a follow-up session at your convenience. These follow-up sessions will mostly be for cleaning and preparing your teeth for the upcoming procedures.

 

It is highly recommended that you visit our clinic for at least two follow up sessions within a single year. This will help prevent the development of oral diseases, tooth decay and cavities. Over the course of these follow-up visits, teeth cleaning and further treatment are performed to keep your teeth in their best condition.