Initial Office Visit
Your first visit to our office establishes a vital foundation for our relationship with you, Dr. Deehan and our staff. During the first visit, we make sure to obtain important background information, such as your medical and dental history, and give you time to get to know not only Dr. Deehan, but the entire staff. Having you as part of our dental family is our goal. We work with our patients so they not only can achieve and maintain a beautiful smile and healthier gums and teeth, but also to help them feel at home in our office. Our team strives to make you feel as if visiting us is like visiting family!
To be best prepared for your initial visit, please remember to bring your insurance card and your new patient forms, which includes:
- Basic personal information
- Insurance information
- Medical and Dental history
- HIPPAA notices
- Velscope – Cancer screening waiver
If you should not have them prepared before your appointment, please arrive approximately 15 minutes early to fill out this paperwork which is needed before we can seat you for your appointment.
Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination which usually lasts approximately an hour includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take a full-mouth series of x-rays of the anterior (front) and/or posterior (back) teeth for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth. During this exam we will:
- Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
- Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
- Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Offer Oral Cancer screening
- Preliminary Bite Evaluation
Routine dental cleanings are also important to maintaining good oral hygiene. It is recommended you come in for a cleaning once every six months. Our qualified hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.
There are two important steps to a dental cleaning:
- The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electronic scalers depending on the hygienist’s preference.
- The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and polish the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.