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 Dallas, Texas.
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!
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Your first step is to call our office and set up an appointment. Consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist and get to know him better. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.
Paperwork and Documentation
If you are pleased with our dentist following your introduction to our office, our team will assist you in setting up an appointment. Before the appointment, you will be required 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.
This paperwork is divided into two categories, both of which need to be properly completed. The first one requires your personal details. 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 required to complete a medical history form. In this form, you must provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and details about dental insurance coverage, policy, and provider.
It is imperative for you to be precise in answering all the questions as any misinformation could impact your future treatment.
Our office also provides patients with the choice of filling out the forms before coming to the clinic. 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 download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. 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:
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 determine the state of your dental health and hygiene. Other important parts of the initial visit may involve the taking of needed diagnostic x-rays, followed by a thorough cleaning of the teeth.
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 event that 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 condition of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze abnormalities, diseases, and cavities. Panoramic radiographs are the most 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 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. We utilize modern digital x-ray, which greatly minimizes the radiation compared to conventional film type x-rays. A lead apron will protect the rest of the body from the X-ray machine.
Post Examination Discussion
After the dental checkup, our dentist will discuss your results with you. Our dentist would guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that were found in your mouth. They may also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic.
After, you will receive the total cost of the particular procedure and can discuss a payment plan, if needed.
Following your initial visit with our dentist at Crossroads Dental in Dallas, Texas, and you have discussed your future treatment and your queries about them in depth, there will be a need to schedule a follow-up session as per your suitability. These follow-up sessions would mostly be for cleaning and preparing your teeth for the upcoming procedures.
It is highly recommended for patients to schedule these follow-up visits at least twice a year to avoid any cavities, tooth decay or oral health issues from developing. During these routine check-ups, the teeth and oral structures are examined and cleaned to ensure the ongoing health of the teeth and gums.