Most initial dental visits at Clarity Dentistry are very straightforward and carefree. We will start off collecting your general contact and medical information, which will allow us to know any and all health issues that may affect your dental care and treatment as a patient.
Then one of our friendly dental assistants will inquire about any dental specific concerns that you may (or may not) have. Whether it’s a tooth that’s causing discomfort, likes and dislikes about your teeth and/or smile, bad breath, bleeding gums, replacement of missing teeth, etc., we will pay close attention to those issues and create a strategy and plan to resolve those issues. Immediately thereafter, our assistant will take any necessary x-rays and gather other clinical documentation for the dentist.
After all of the information is collected, our dentist will enter the room and introduce him/herself. The dentist will then take a little time to learn more about you as a person, prior to starting the dental examination. Our aim is to gain trust and rapport with all of our patients, and it starts by getting to know them outside of dentistry. This measure ensures a long-lasting, positive dentist-patient relationship.
Then, our dentist will further inquire about any of the issues you previously mentioned to the dental assistant, addressing your most critical or urgent concerns first. He/she will check each tooth individually in conjunction with examining the digital x-ray(s).
After the examination has been completed, the dentist and dental assistant will take more time to clearly and thoroughly explain their findings and diagnosis. With the use of digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, we can show our patients first hand exactly what we are seeing, which helps the patient clearly understand why certain dental treatments may be necessary.
The old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” We find this is true in dentistry as well. When our patients can actually see inside their mouth to help co-diagnose problem areas, they generally gain a better knowledge, understanding, and confidence in the diagnosis, and why the recommended treatment was suggested.
After all of our patient’s clinical questions are answered, one of our treatment coordinators will discuss any and all scheduling, insurance coordination, out of pocket expenses, etc. you may be faced with to ensure that the recommended treatment gets scheduled in a way that meets our patient’s timeframe and budget.