Get Ready to Meet Your New Dentist
Many patients remain with their same doctor for many years as they feel comfortable with the service. However, for special reasons, such as moving to a new neighborhood, people must find new doctors.
To help you in such situation, here is a brief summary about everything you need to know to be ready for your first visit to a new dentist in Bullhead City, Arizona.
It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment but now we will remind you with a "Smile Reminder" via email or text message, and even provide driving directions if it's your initial visit. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!
Release of Records Consent
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Paperwork and Documentation
If you are pleased with your dentist after the first meeting, our team will assist you in setting up an appointment. Before the appointment, you will be asked to fill out a 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 out these forms.
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 asked to complete a medical history form. In this form, please provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and details about dental insurance coverage, policy and provider.
Our office also provides patients with the choice of filling out the forms before coming to the office. This means that you can visit our website and fill out the enrollment form online. This saves you time and ensures you a hassle-free appointment and an efficient and effective visit. Patients can fill out health history (included in the New Patient Form). This information would be stored in our database and will be evaluated prior to your session. To download and fill the forms out prior to your appointment, please click the following link:
Your first step is to call our office and set up an appointment. Consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet your dentist and get to know him better. Your dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.
After studying your dental health history, your dentist will 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. X-rays are taken and then the teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned.
Your 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 your 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 event that your dentist sees anything unusual or something which was not mentioned in the forms.
After conducting the comprehensive exam, your dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth, giving a clear picture of the condition of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. Panoramic radiographs are common types of dental X-rays as they provide the dentist a detailed view of the teeth and jaw. The dentist is able to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures with the panoramic X-ray.
Although believed to be a lengthy process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes. X-ray safety is increased through the use of a lead apron.
Post Examination Discussion
After the dental checkup, your dentist will discuss your results with you. Your dentist would guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that were found in your mouth. They will also mention the various treatment options.
Before any treatment, the doctor and team will discuss all costs and may conduct same-day treatment.
Most follow up appointments will include regular cleanings and exams. These exams and cleanings are usually twice a year to avoid any cavities, tooth decay, or oral health issues from developing. These appointments are important to ensure your teeth are regularly cleaned and treated to make sure they stay healthy for the rest of your life.