Oral health is an important aspect of overall wellness, so it's important that you choose a dentist that offers quality work. Fortunately, our dentist at Affordable Dentistry Today is known throughout the Greater [site;city], Illinois, area for exceptional dental care services. If you're preparing for your visit to our office, find out what you can expect as a new patient below.
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The first step to obtaining a healthy smile is to call our office and set up an appointment. Consultations are a great opportunity for you to get to become familiar with our team. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.
New Patient Paperwork and Documentation
If you are pleased with our dentist after the first meeting, our team will assist you in setting up an appointment. Beforehand, you will be required to fill out a new patient form along with providing your dental history and records. It is suggested that you come in at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to complete your forms.
This paperwork mostly comes in two categories, both of which must be properly completed. The first one requires your personal details, such as your name, age, marital status, income range and home address. You will also be required to complete a medical history form, which requires information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and details about dental insurance coverage, policy, and provider. It is imperative for you to be precise in answering all the questions as any wrong answers could impact your future treatment.
Our office also provides patients with the choice of complete the forms before arriving at their appointment.To fill out this form online, please click the following link:
This option saves you time and ensures you a hassle-free appointment scheduling and an efficient and effective visit. Patients can download health history forms from our website and complete them ahead of time. This information will be stored in our database and evaluated prior to your session.
After studying your dental health history, our dentist will most likely examine your gums, teeth, and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is performed to study the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important aspect of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so that there are no extra particles in your mouth at that time.
During the exam, our dentist will look for any sensitivity, decay and redness around the gums and teeth. Even though they will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you completed, they may still ask your questions about your teeth while examining them. This practice ensures the most thorough evaluation of your oral health.
After concluding the comprehensive examination, our dentist may take X-rays of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the condition of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays as they provide the most detailed view, and allow our dentist to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures with ease.
Although believed to be a prolonged process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes to complete. Our dentist will guide you through the straightforward process by asking you to bite down on gauze while the rest of the body is protected with a special covering. Only the mouth will be scanned by the machine.
Post Examination Discussion
After the dental exam, our dentist will discuss your results with you. This process involves highlighting any irregularities or decay that were found. Our dentist will suggest and explain to you the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for your specific needs as well as customize it to fit your requirements. You will also receive the total cost for these treatments and can discuss the payment plan accordingly. Our main goal is to help you maintain good oral health and solve all of your dental issues
After meeting our dentist and discussing possible treatments you may require, a follow-up session will be arranged for you according to your availability. During these follow-up sessions, your teeth will be cleaned and prepared for any forthcoming treatments. It is highly recommended that you visit our clinic for at least two such sessions within a single year.
Take the first step toward healthy teeth and gums by scheduling your new patient appointment with our dentist at Affordable Dentistry Today. Our team is known throughout the Bloomington, Illinois, area for our reliable and attentive dental care. Contact our office today to arrange your first visit by calling 309-661-0197!