Delmarva Dental Services - The First Visit
Most patients make a call to a dental office because they have a concern.
According to Dr. Leigh Auchey with Delmarva Dental Services, they may have a broke or chipped tooth, a painful tooth, bleeding or sore gums, or problems with dentures or partials. Sometimes there is not a problem and the person has just moved to the area and need a new dentist.
From the initial phone call to Delmarva Dental Services, Dr. Auchy says the staff will direct you to the appropriate first appointment. Many times that means a comprehensive examination appointment.
During the comprehensive examination appointment, the patient can expect to fill out a medical history form, including a list of medications. They will also be asked to complete an anxiety questionnaire. This asks specific questions about previous dental appointments so the staff can help address the source of any anxiety and make the appointments better.
An experience dental assistant or dental hygienist will go over a questionnaire related to dental history, including questions about home care habits.
The dental assistant or hygienist will also take a series of digital x-rays, as well as photographs of your teeth and mouth using either an intra-oral camera and/or a regular 35 mm camera.
The dentist will come in to meet you, and the assistant or hygienist will relay to them the information that you have already discussed. They are trained to listen to your concerns!
A thorough evaluation of your mouth will be performed, including:
- Evaluation and discussion of your TMJ.
- Oral cancer screening – feeling your cheeks, neck, etc as well as looking inside the mouth at the palate, floor of the mouth, tongue, cheeks, lips, gums, and back of the throat/tonsils.
- Charting of your previous dental work and reviewing any significant history.
- Periodontal charting – an evaluation that measures the gum and bone health, or attachment loss of the gum and bone around the teeth.
Once the examination is complete, depending on your needs and goals, you will be scheduled for a free of charge consultation appointment. Between the time of your exam and the consultation, the dentist will review your x-rays, photos, and information and come up with options for your treatment. They will also prioritize the order of treatment based on things like: pain or swelling, large cavity or broken tooth that could become painful if untreated.
At the consultation appointment, you will meet with your new dentist’s treatment coordinator, where she will review all of the information put together specifically for you.