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.
Your first dental appointment will be about getting to know each other. We will discuss your goals and what brought you to our practice, learn about your medical history, and talk to you about your treatment options. You will be given an in-depth comprehensive clinical evaluation. We’ll thoroughly review our findings and present a detailed dental treatment plan that makes sense to you and fulfills your dental health needs and esthetic goals.
For all this to happen, your first visit usually consists of the following:
- Getting to know you and what your priorities are.
- Review of your medical and dental history.
- X-rays of all of your teeth.
- Comprehensive oral exam using the intraoral camera.
- Gum tissue inspection.
- Oral cancer screening.
- Charting of existing dental conditions.
- Relevant photo tour of your oral environment.
As you can see, this first visit is very thorough. Please allow at least 90 minutes. You will not normally have your teeth cleaned on this first visit (we don’t know what kind of cleaning you need).
If you haven’t had a professional cleaning in over 12 months, you may need to have a special, more intense cleaning, called a debridement, to remove built up plaque and tartar, so the Doctors can 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.