Oral health is a vital component of your overall well being, so establishing yourself with a new dentist shouldn't be a stressful or overwhelming experience. At Affordable Dentistry Today, we want each of our new patients to feel as comfortable as possible when they enter our doors. To help you get familiar with our practice, here is a brief rundown of everything you can expect during your first visit to our Belleville, Illinois, dental office.
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The first step in obtaining optimal oral health is to call our office and set up an appointment. Consultations are a great opportunity for you 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 our new patient forms 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 the necessary paperwork.
This paperwork mostly consists of two categories, both of which must be properly completed. For the first form, you need to fill in personal information, such as your name, age, marital status, income range and home address. You will also be required to complete a medical history form. In this paperwirk, you must provide complete 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 it could affect your future dental treatments.
Our office also provides you with the choice of completing these forms before arriving. This option saves you time and ensures you a hassle-free appointment scheduling in the future and an efficient and effective visit. You can also download the health history forms from our website and complete the paperwork at your convenience. This information will be stored in our database and be evaluated before your session.You can access the New Patient Form here:
After studying 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 evaluate the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning, during which, your teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before your x-rays. Our dentist will look for any sensitivity, decay or redness around the gums and teeth during the examination. Even though our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you completed, they may still ask you questions about your teeth while examining them. This process ensures the most thorough examination and diagnosis.
After concluding the comprehensive examination, our dentist takes X-rays of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of your oral health. 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 of the bone structure. Through this process, our dentist is able 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 and ask you to bite down on gauze during the procedure. The rest of the body is protected from the X-ray machine with a device that will cover it.
After the dental exam, our dentist will discuss your results with you. They will guide you through any irregularities or decay that was found. Our dentist will also suggest and explain to you the most appropriate treatments for your specific needs as well as work with you to create a custom treatment plan. You will also receive the total cost for these particular procedures and can discuss the payment plan accordingly.
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.
At Affordable Dentistry Today in Belleville, Illinois, our dentist and team strive to create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere for all of our patients. Take the first step toward improved dental health today by scheduling your new patient appointment at 618-234-6566. We can also answer your questions and address any concerns to ensure you the most stress-free experience.