A recent study by the BBC shows that the average relationship with a dentist lasts longer than the average marriage, so it’s important to find the right match. I know finding the right dentist might be a little overwhelming. So let me tell you about your first appointment; then you can decide if we’re a good match.
First, the paperwork. It’s a little lengthy, but for your benefit, we like to be thorough.
Please fill out and submit the following form online before your appointment
Bring the following to your first appointment:
- A list of medications, supplements, vitamins, herbs that you’re currently taking
- Your physicians’ phone numbers (MD, chiropractor, acupuncturist – anyone you regularly see for check-ups and/or chronic issues)
- Any x-rays taken from your previous dentist
* Please print, fill out, and bring these with you. You can also email them to us.
Why do we require these forms? Infections and diseases of the mouth can affect the rest of the body and vice versa. We like to have a thorough understanding of your overall health before we start any treatment. We will also ask for your permission to speak with your other doctors to ensure more comprehensive treatment.
For every new patient we do the following:
- Oral cancer screening
- Periodontal probing (bone loss check)
- Tongue examination
- Microscope plaque sample
- Digital diagnostic X-rays (unless taken within 6 months)
- Intra-oral digital pictures
- Discuss oral hygiene habits, techniques, and tips for improvement
- Discuss treatment options (unless no treatment is necessary)
We use these diagnostics to create a snapshot of your oral health and to help keep your teeth healthy for the rest of your life.
If you had x-rays taken less than six months ago, new x-rays may not be necessary. It is advised to send all previous x-rays so we have a thorough record of your dental history. This way, if there is a questionable area, we can look back 1, 3, 5 years back to see its progression. This can save you from future procedures.
After all information is gathered, a customized treatment plan is created for you. Together, we will work to improve or maintain your dental health. If any dental work is required, we suggest taking a biocompatibility test. This way, we ensure that you receive the proper filling, crown, implant, or denture material for your body. For more information, ask us about the Clifford Biocompatibility Test.
I know that a lot of people don’t like going to the dentist, so we offer many comfort boosting perks like aromatherapy, TV’s, and paraffin wax treatments for you to feel at ease in the dental chair.
You’re probably thinking, “Holistic dental care like this must cost a fortune!” Well, I think everyone should have access to great, affordable dental care. That’s why we work with your insurance, take all major credit cards, and offer CareCredit third-party financing. In-house payment plans are also available.
To sweeten the deal, a portion of all credit card transactions goes to support a local charity Imerman Angels, an organization that supports cancer fighters and survivors.
If you have more questions about payment options, call our knowledgeable staff. They’ll answer any questions you might have.
If you’re ready to experience a different kind of dentistry, schedule an appointment by calling 773-975-6666.