What To Expect at Your First Dental Visit
What To Expect at Your First Dental Visit to Dental Reflections Dublin
So, you scheduled your appointment as a new patient at our office. What’s next? We will send you a welcome email with instructions on how to complete your new patient paperwork on our website before you come in. This will save you time in our waiting room so we can get you back and get started. When we first get you seated, we will review your medical history you completed and address any concerns you may have. We will then take your blood pressure and begin the exam. At this time, you will be with one of our dental hygienists until the end of the appointment when you meet Dr. Rudi As-Sanie.
Initial Record Collecting
During the first exam, we are looking to see what dental work you have had done in the past, and charting it into our computer. This stage is our record collecting, so we have a thorough history of your dental history and what we see today. Next, we will update the measurements between your teeth and gums to determine the health of your gums. We will then take intraoral photos of the teeth with a digital camera wand, capturing details of each tooth. This sets a baseline so that if things were to change, we can refer back to how they looked previously. We can also use them to show you any concerns we may have that day.
Next, we will take digital x-rays of your teeth to check for cavities. Looking in the mouth will only show us so much, and in order to do a comprehensive exam, we must take x-rays to see the health of the inside of the tooth. With digital x-rays, radiation exposure is very minimal so no need to worry. Typically, we will take 4 bitewing x-rays of the back teeth to check for cavities, followed by a panoramic x-ray to show us the entire jaw and all of the roots of the teeth. This x-ray allows us to check for cysts in the bone or any other abnormalities that may show up. We may also take a 3D scan of your teeth if you have had a lot of dental work done in the past to be sure we are not missing anything.
If your gum measurements were in a healthy range and we aren’t seeing any bone loss on the radiographs, we will then proceed with teeth cleaning. This includes removing hard and soft deposits from the teeth, bacteria below the gum line and polishing away any stains or plaque from the teeth. We then floss all of the teeth to help stimulate the gum tissue and remove any polishing agents from between the teeth.
Meet the Dentist/Final Exam
Towards the end of the appointment, the dentist will come in and do the final exam. This is reviewing all of the records we have collected and diagnosing or addressing any concerns she may have. A thorough review of the teeth is completed and she then will show you exactly what she is seeing in the mouth. This includes the x-rays, photos we took or any charting we completed. Our goal is to make every patient feel comfortable in the chair and have an understanding of what is going on in their mouth. Here at Dental Reflections Dublin we listen and care about every patient. Call us today to schedule a new patient appointment at our office.