Your First Visit

Here at Herres Dental, we know that when it comes to new patients, we're never going to get a second chance at a first impression. That's why we go out of our way to make sure you feel welcome and relaxed. We have a New Patient Coordinator whose job is to ensure that everything is ready for your first visit, to meeting our caring team who will take care of you throughout your appointment.

Treatment Planning

Doctor Herres and Dr Wenger will give you a thorough exam and break your treatment into 3 categories: Mandatory - things you must do NOW in order to save your teeth or keep you out of pain; Elective - things affecting function not so urgently but that need to be done at some point because they will only get worse and more costly; Cosmetic - things that are strictly cosmetic in nature that make you look and feel your very best. A comprehensive treatment plan will be formulated and once you know your options, you can decide what is most important to you. In order for all this to happen, your first visit usually consists of the following:

1. Comprehensive oral exam using the intra-oral camera

2. X-rays of all of your teeth

3. Gum and visual oral cancer screening

4. Charting of existing dental conditions and treatment

5. Review of your medical and dental history

6. Relevant photos

7. Getting to know you and what your priorities are

As you can see, this first visit is very thorough. Please allow at least one hour. You will not normally have your teeth cleaned on this first visit (we don't know what kind of cleaning you need) unless you haven't had a professional cleaning in over 12 months. In that case, you may need to have a special, more intense cleaning called a debridement, to remove built-up plaque and tartar, so that the Doctors give you the best possible exam.


Many patients meet us for the first time because they have a dental emergency such as a toothache or broken tooth, in which case the emergency is handled first and then the patient is scheduled for the comprehensive exam on their next visit.

No Charge Consultations

We also see people for the first time for no charge consults for implants, veneers, crowns in a day and Six-Month Smiles if you chose to go ahead and schedule the treatment. These visits are for discussion only. Many of these people already have a regular dentist who perhaps cannot perform these more specialized procedures. Or they know they would like one of these procedures and so are looking for a dentist who can perform them as well as more general dentistry. No matter why you've chosen to visit us for the first time, we welcome you and want you to be comfortable and relaxed and know that we will always be doing our very best for you.