PLAN YOUR VISIT
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR DENTAL APPOINTMENT
Whether it’s your first time seeing the dentist or your first time at DOCS Dental, we want you to feel comfortable and reassured that you’re about to receive the best possible care. With that in mind, our goal during your first visit will be to better understand your dental needs. In order to maximize your visit, please review these helpful details and friendly reminders before arriving for your appointment.
Let’s Check Your Teeth
And your gums, tongue, and cheeks. Healthy teeth depend on a healthy mouth. Your dentist will check all of the structures and surfaces in your mouth for cavities, gum disease, infections, and other possible health problems.
Let’s Clean Above and Below Your Gums
Your hygienist or dentist will clean along and below the gumline with an ultrasonic tool or a dental scraper to remove built-up plaque and tartar. Once all the tartar and plaque are gone, they will polish and floss your teeth.
Let’s Talk About Your Oral Health
We’ll make sure you know the basics of brushing and flossing and tell you if there are any problems, like a cavity or signs of gum disease. If you need specialized care, we’ll explain why and tell you all of your options.
If you haven’t had X-rays recently, the dentist will order a set of your entire mouth. X-rays reveal problems that the dentist can’t see just by looking — things like cracked teeth, infections, cavities, and decay between teeth. Even life-threatening illnesses like tumors and oral cancers are often first discovered from an X-ray.
Let’s Make a Plan!
If your teeth are healthy, great! We’ll send you home with a plan for taking care of them and an appointment for a return visit in six months. If you need additional procedures or treatment, we’ll help you plan for what you need.