What Can You Expect at Your First Dental Appointment?
There are four main goals that Dr. Mark Davis has for your first dental appointment.
First, we ask that you give us a complete medical history, including a list of your current medications. Different conditions and different medications may require different treatment options for your future dental appointments, such as pre-medicating for certain conditions or the use of non-latex materials. While Dr. Mark Davis treats every patient with the same level of respect, we also will treat you as an individual with detailed attention to your specific needs and concerns.
Second, we will take a “full series” of radiographs, or “x-rays.” Even with the most thorough visual exam, Dr. Mark Davis can only see 25% of your tooth’s structure. As these pictures show, a tooth may appear to be healthy when you look at it, but the x-ray shows decay on the tooth that requires treatment. We have many patients who travel between multiple homes, and with our digital technology, we can easily forward any x-rays that we take to your other dental providers.
Third, you will have a comprehensive exam by Dr. Mark Davis. Not only will he look at the appearance of your teeth, he will also look at the function of your teeth, the wear of your teeth, your temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ), and he will do a visual screening for oral cancer. In addition, the depths of the periodontal pockets around your teeth will be noted in your digital chart (“perio probing”). In order to discuss any areas of concern to Dr. Mark Davis or to explain answers to any questions that you may have, we may take digital photographs of your mouth. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words!
Fourth, our hygienists will “clean” your teeth. This part of your appointment will start with taking measurements and your gum and bone levels. Next, all of the plaque and tartar on your teeth will be removed, and then your teeth will be polished for that sparkly, shiny smile that you want!
And, of course, Dr. Mark Davis and his team members will be happy to answer any questions that you may have at any time.
Contact Priscilla at (480) 595-1300 to schedule your first appointment!