As a new patient, visiting the dentist for the first time can be a bit intimidating. But at Sunshine Dental, we focus on the patient experience and offering individualized family dentistry, so you can rest assured that you'll be in good hands. During your initial dental exam and cleaning, you'll be thoroughly examined so that your dentist can assess your oral condition and get to know you and your dental goals. But what exactly is different about a new patient's dental exam? Read on to learn more about what to expect when you visit a new dentist's office, how to properly care for your teeth between visits, and how often you should visit your dentist.
A dental exam is a complete exam of the teeth, gums, and mouth by a dentist. It usually includes a review of your health history, any concerns you may have, and may measure your blood pressure to make sure that you are in good health. During the exam, your dentist will check for any signs of gum disease, tooth decay, or other dental and medical conditions that may be related. This can help your dentist detect signs of damage and provide you with the quick treatment you need to maintain a happy and healthy smile.
After the exam, a dental hygienist will professionally clean your teeth to remove any hard-to-remove plaque and stones (calcified plaque, also known as tartar) that cannot be cleaned at home. Your dentist will also take a full series of dental x-rays so that you can track the health of your teeth over time and check for signs of tooth decay that aren't visible during a regular exam. To keep your mouth healthy between dental visits, it's important to take good care of your teeth and gums. During your dental exam, your dentist and dental hygienist can give you oral hygiene tips so that you can properly care for your teeth and gums on a regular basis at home.
At Sunshine Dental, we have general dentists who are highly informed and experienced. They attend advanced continuing education classes every year to keep up with the latest technology and procedures. Our dentists use special cameras to show them what's going on inside their patients' mouths and take digital photographs of their smiles with special camera lenses made for dentistry. We also use radiation-free digital printing technology which is light years beyond traditional physical prints.
Our dentists will perform a comprehensive oral exam to check the condition of the mouth, gums and teeth, including previous dental treatments, and will look for any problem areas. They will gently examine the gum pockets to check for signs of gum disease. We'll spend an hour on your exam to make sure it's detailed and thorough. If you need any dental restorations (such as crowns), we'll take impressions of your teeth with our digital scanner.
At Sunshine Dental, we are dedicated to taking care of our patients' teeth and gums before any problem can affect their dental health. We work with all insurance companies so you don't have to worry about paperwork or billing directly. We are open at night and on weekends for your convenience so we can schedule an appointment for you at a time that suits you best. If this is your first time walking through our doors or it has been a few years since your last exam, our general dentists will review and evaluate your oral health.
They will discuss all the treatment options that will fit your situation and design your treatment to take place in several stages if that's most convenient for you. Our dentists are known for treating patients delicately and helping them overcome any fear or anxiety that may have prevented them from seeking dental treatment in the past.