Important Information When Choosing a New Dentist
To make your experience comfortable, we’d like to provide you with a quick summary on details to know about your first visit to our dental clinic in Columbus, Indiana.
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The first appointment will be a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist and staff and get to know them properly. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.
New Patient Paperwork
If satisfied with our dentist after the initial meeting, our team will further assist in setting up an appointment for you. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out new patient forms along with providing any prior dental history or records. It is suggested that you come at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to fill out these forms.
This paperwork mostly covers two categories, both of which need to be completed in detail. The first one category requires that you provide your personal details. In this form, you’ll have to fill in personal information such as name, age, home address, etc. You will also be required to complete a medical history form. In this form, you have to provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and also, in the event that you have dental insurance, details about the policy and the insurance provider.
It is important for you to be precise and truthful in answering all the questions as any misinformation 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 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 one’s 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 out, they 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.
After conducting the comprehensive exam, our dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth, giving 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.
Panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays as they provide our dentist a 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 lead apron. Only the mouth will be scanned by the machine.
Post Examination Consultation
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 found in your mouth. They 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.
After discussing your future treatment, you will also receive the total costs for any particular procedure. Our office offers payment plans, and our dentist and staff can guide you in selecting what best suits you. At this time, you may discuss with your dentist the suggested treatments and expenses. If you have dental or medical insurance and you are planning on using this benefit to cover any procedure, you may discuss the coverage with our dentist, as well.
Now that you have met our dentist at Dental Care at Columbus Crossing in Columbus, Indiana, and discussed your treatment and questions in detail, you will be scheduled for a follow-up session at your convenience. These follow-up sessions would mostly be for cleaning and preparing your tooth for the upcoming procedure.
It is highly recommended that individuals must attend these follow-up visits at least twice a year to avoid any cavities, tooth decay or oral illness from producing inside the mouth. During these routine check-ups, the teeth are regularly cleaned and treated to make sure that they stay in good shape.