What can I expect at my first visit?
We’re committed to making your first visit to Smilepoint Dental as smooth and convenient as possible. When you schedule your first visit, our office will obtain important background information, such as your medical and dental history. The first visit will then include–
Panoramic X-ray: This image gives us a good view of all the soft and hard tissue of your oral cavity. It takes less than one minute to complete and greatly reduces the amount of radiation to which our patients are exposed.
Bitewing X-rays: To compliment the panoramic X-ray, we get a set of bitewing, or “cavity detection”, X-rays that allow the doctors to see in between your back teeth. This is one of the most common spots for cavities to develop. Bitewing X-rays are composed of two X-rays on each side of the mouth.
Complete full-mouth charting: Measuring “attachment loss” is a vital component of checking and monitoring gum disease and overall oral health. We want to be sure that your teeth have the appropriate bone and tissue support for oral and systemic health. Your dentist will take measurements for each tooth while an assistant records them in your file.
Comprehensive oral examination: Your dentist will analyze the gathered information and perform an oral exam to get an accurate picture of your health. Next, we’ll discuss the findings with you and go over what, if any, further treatment is suggested before your next cleaning. We’ll also address any questions or concerns you may have.
Thorough dental cleaning: Your visit will conclude by scaling and polishing your teeth. If it’s been a while since your last dental visit, a more intensive cleaning may be needed. If more advanced work is required, your dentist will discuss treatment options. Once the cleaning is done, we will schedule your next appointment and have you on your way!