Your First Visit
At Cameo Dental, your comfort and care are our first priorities, and that starts with your first dental appointment. Whether you’re looking for a new dental home to keep on track with your regular dental care or it’s been a few years since your last dental visit, we’re here to meet you where you’re at. Your Cameo Dental dentist and team want to make your first appointment welcoming and enjoyable.
We know that going to the dentist can feel overwhelming, but the goals of your first appointment are simple: to get to know each other, and to gather information about your oral health. This is your chance to meet your doctor and the rest of the team. We believe that good provider-patient relationships are built on trust, integrity, compassion, and professionalism, and we want you to feel confident that our team is the right fit for you.
What Happens at My First Appointment?
The first appointment for most new patients will include a personal consultation with your dentist, a comprehensive exam, and any necessary dental imaging. We want to learn about your concerns, your questions, and how we can help you to meet your oral health goals.
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A Comprehensive Exam
During your comprehensive exam, your dentist will take time to explain what’s happening, answer any questions, and educate you along the way. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth, soft tissues, chewing muscles, jaw, face, and neck. In addition to looking for cracked teeth and cavities, your dentist is also looking for sores or lumps on the floor and roof of your mouth, lesions on your tongue, problems with the jaw joint and muscles, signs of traumatic occlusion such as tooth wear or fracture, and abnormalities in the lymph nodes of the head and neck. This examination includes an important and routine screening for oral cancer. If you wear dentures or other removable appliances, your dentist will evaluate the fit, function, and comfort of the appliance.
Your dentist can tell a lot about your oral health just by looking in your mouth, but there are important areas that require diagnostic images, like dental X-rays, to fully evaluate. Examples include the areas in between your teeth, the bone of your jaw, and the roots of your teeth.
If you have seen another dental care provider and have recent dental X-rays on file, we can help you to arrange for the X-rays to be sent to our office before your appointment. Discuss this with our business staff when you are scheduling your first appointment. Any diagnostic images received from outside providers will be reviewed by your dentist, and the need for any additional images will be determined during your exam.
Every smile is unique, and our next steps will be tailored to yours.
We may find that your dentition is mostly stable and your treatment needs are minimal. In this case, we will discuss our clinical findings and recommendations, answer any questions that you have, and will most likely schedule your professional dental cleaning as a next step.
If we determine that you have more complex treatment needs (such as advanced gum disease, failing teeth in need of larger restorations, replacement of missing teeth, or cosmetic transformations), we will schedule a complimentary treatment review appointment with your doctor to fully discuss a comprehensive treatment plan. This appointment is dedicated time with your doctor to discuss the state of your oral health, your ideal and alternative treatment options, phasing and sequencing of treatment, possible specialist referrals, and treatment financing.