General Dental Care
At your new patient exam, your dentist will review your history, x-rays, as well as any relevant intraoral photographs. After a thorough visual exam, your dentist will review your goals and develop a customized plan for you. Depending on your dental condition, some plans may be simple, while others may be more complex. Regardless of the nature of the treatment plan, your dentist and the team will work to develop a plan and explain it in a manner that is simple and easy to understand.
Your dentist will also take into consideration the costs associated with the treatment, with respect to your budget in mind. We understand that there may be cases where the cost of the overall treatment plan may exceed the budget of the patient. Oftentimes, careful planning and sequencing of the treatment may allow us to prioritize the most urgent treatments first, and allow the patient to proceed with the remaining treatment at a later point in time, without incurring too much risk.
At your regular check-up appointment, your dentist will continue to review your history and observe for any changes since your last exam. Any questions regarding your dental health which may have been present since your last appointment can be discussed at this time. Your dentist will discuss the current state of your dental health, whether any changes may have occurred, and whether there are any recommended treatments that should be completed. Oftentimes these appointments are done in conjunction with your regular cleaning appointments
Cleaning (Scaling & Root-Planing)
At your regular cleaning appointments, your dentist or your hygienist will examine your teeth and gums. If there are any noticeable changes or questions since your last appointment, they can be discussed at this time. The dentist or hygienist will then proceed to remove the calculus/tartar, plaque, and light stains from your teeth and gum regions. Fluoride application can be done following the cleaning. Either throughout the appointment or near the end of the appointment, your ‘home-care’ plan of maintaining your dental health can be discussed as well.
There are different levels of sedation. If you are nervous about undergoing dental treatment, sedation may be a great option for you. Please feel free to discuss the options with the dentist.