The first visit in our office, for an adult, can take an average of 90 minutes. Once you’ve completed your paperwork and we’ve entered your information into our database, and prepared a chart for your permanent record, we take you back for your digital full-mouth series of x-rays. This is usually done at the first visit and then once every three years. Then, you will have a periodontal evaluation to screen you for the correct type of hygiene therapy (or cleaning in layman’s terms). If your cleaning is routine, it can be done during your first visit, after which you will have your Comprehensive Exam with your Doctor.
Your exam includes a full intra-oral examination of your teeth and tissues, including an oral cancer screening. Your doctor will be checking for many things, including decay, fracture, break-down of old restorations, various disease indicators, as well as talking to you about any orthodontic correction you may need. If you have cosmetic concerns, he will make his recommendations on ways to improve your smile. This first visit for your cleaning and exam is a great time for you to ask any questions about your dental health.
If the doctor has recommended any treatment, one of our treatment coordinators will present an estimate (or schedule you to come back for a treatment consultation if more time is needed) and will schedule your next hygiene and/or treatment visit(s). All of this can take up to 90 minutes, but please rest assured that your future continuing care visits will usually be an hour or less.