Meeting a New Dentist & What to Expect

Dental check-ups can be an overwhelming experience, which is why people tend to stay with their same dental doctor over the years to calm any nerves they may have. Oral health has become increasingly popular over the years, leading to a rise in dental offices. Nevertheless, under specific circumstances, such as moving to a new neighborhood, people have to find new doctors.

Smile Reminders

With the smile reminder service that our office provides; remembering your next appointment is a breeze. Our office will send you a notification via email, or text, about your next appointment. We can even provide driving directions for your initial visit.

Below you will find a brief summary about your first visit to our dentist in Joplin,Missouri

Initial Consultation

The first step in choosing the right dentist is to set up a consultation. 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.

 

New Patient Paperwork and Documentation

If you are satisfied with our dentist after the first meeting, our team at My Dentist - Joplin will assist in setting up an appointment. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out 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 mostly covers two categories, both of which need to be completed in detail. 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 will have to provide complete information regarding past medical treatments, dental problems and details about any dental insurance coverage, policy and provider.

It is important for you to be precise and truthful in answering all the questions as any wrong answer could have an effect your future treatments.

Our office also provides you with the choice of filling out the forms before coming to the clinic. This means that you can visit the website and fill out the enrollment form online. This saves you time and ensures your 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 will be stored in our database and will be evaluated by our dentist prior to your session.

 

Comprehensive Examination and Cleaning

After studying 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 case 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 status of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. The X-rays are suggested to be done each time a patient comes in either with a severe problem, or routinely after at least a year, since the state of teeth has probably changed in that time. The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays as they provide our 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. 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 Discussion

After the dental check-up, 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.  Our main goal is to help you maintain good oral health and solve all of your dental issues.

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

 

Follow-Up Check-ups

After consultation with our dentist at  My Dentist - Joplin in Joplin Missouri and discussing your treatment and related questions at length, you will be scheduled for a follow-up meeting at your convenience. These follow-up sessions will mostly be for cleaning and preparing your teeth for the upcoming procedure.

It is highly recommended for patients to attend these follow-up visits at least twice a year to avoid any cavities, tooth decay or oral health issues from developing.  During these routine check-ups, the teeth are regularly cleaned and treated to make sure that they stay in good shape.

 

Call us today for an appointment or come to our office. Our team is here waiting for you and will answer any questions you may have.