What to Expect During Your First Appointment
When you first come to the office, Dr Rexan will take time to get to know you as a patient through a Comprehensive Dental Exam.
During your first visit we will do the following:
- Review your medical history
- Review your dental history
- Take digital x-rays
- Discuss any aesthetic needs that you might have
- Do oral cancer screening
- Record existing condition of each tooth and any restorations it might have
- Check for cavities
- Check for teeth acid erosion and screen for Gastroesophageal Reflux
- Check the health of your gums by gently measuring the pockets around the teeth
- Check for grinding and teeth attrition
- Check your bite or how the teeth come together and note if you bite is ideal or has deviations from ideal. The latter can cause trauma to the teeth
- Examine muscles of your face and neck for soreness or tightness
- Check TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint or Jaw Joint)
- Take impressions of your teeth and digital photos if Dr. Rexan will need to study your teeth and bite in more depth
You can see how many things Doctor will check during your first visit. Therefore we usually schedule an hour for your appointment with the doctor. (Occasionally, if you have a lot of health problems and medications to discuss, as well as a lot of dental issues, the Doctor’s exam may not fit into one hour.)
Please make sure that you fill out forms, that we send you, ahead of time, so that you don’t take away time from your appointment with the Doctor.
Most of the time, in case of any aesthetic requests on your side, Dr Rexan will take impressions and digital photos of your teeth. She will study them and then invite you for a complimentary consultation to discuss treatment options.
Dental Cleaning & Consultation
A healthy mouth is an important part of overall wellness. Keeping your teeth white and clean requires a regular routine of cleaning both at home and via a professional dental care provider. During your next dental cleaning and consultation visit, you can expect an examination of the health of your teeth, gums and the soft tissues in your mouth, as well as a thorough cleaning.
The manner in which you clean your teeth determines their preservation and protection from decay and other oral health conditions. At home, every surface of your teeth, gums and tongue should be brushed with fluoridated toothpaste at least twice daily. It is also important to floss once per day to loosen plaque and debris that becomes lodged in the crevices of the teeth.
You should make an appointment for a professional dental cleaning once every six months. At that time, a hygienist will inspect the gums for periodontal disease, which is the primary cause of tooth loss in America. The hygienist will the use a tool to gently scrape away hardened plaque on the teeth that is not removable using traditional brushing techniques. This plaque is responsible for harboring bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Regular professional cleanings also help remove topical stains from beverages like coffee and tea. Furthermore, the small cost of preventative care tends to save patients money on future dental restoration and treatment costs.
Your dental cleaning may be followed up with a brief consultation from your dentist. Depending on how much time has passed since your last dental visit, your dentist may request x-rays of your teeth and jaw to detect underlying conditions. The dentist may review your x-rays and the surfaces of the teeth for caries, decay and possible complications. If problems are found, he or she will discuss options for treatment, as well as ways you may be able to prevent additional problems in the future.