Get Ready to Meet Your New Dentist
Many patients continue seeing the same doctor for many years, as they feel comfortable with their service. Some cases, however, require people to find a new dentist, such as after a move to a new neighborhood.
It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment but now we will remind you with an Appointment Reminder via email or text message. And if it's your first visit, we'll be happy to provide driving directions. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!
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To help you in such a situation, here is a brief summary of everything you need to know to prepare for your first visit to a new dentist in North Little Rock Arkansas.
Your first step is to call our office and set up an initial consultation. This is a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist and get to know him better. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures we offer and how they can benefit you.
Paperwork and Documentation
If you are pleased with our dentist after the first meeting, our team will help you schedule an appointment. Before the appointment, you will need to fill out a new patient form and provide your dental history and records. We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure you have plenty of time to complete these forms.
This paperwork is divided in two categories, both of which must be completed fully and correctly. The first one requires your personal details such as your name, age, marital status, income range, home address, etc. You will also be asked to complete a medical history form, which includes information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and details about dental insurance coverage, policy and provider.
It is imperative for you to answer all questions as accurately as possible to ensure you receive appropriate treatment.
Our office also provides patients the option to complete the forms before arriving. This means you can visit our website and fill out the enrollment form online, saving you time and ensuring hassle-free appointment scheduling and an efficient and effective visit. You can download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information is then stored in our database and evaluated prior to your appointment. To download and complete the forms prior to your appointment, please click the following link:
After studying your dental health history, our dentist will examine your gums, teeth and mouth. This comprehensive exam assesses the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so there are no extra particles in your mouth that could affect the imaging in any way.
Our dentist will look for any sensitivity, decay and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination. Even though he will have already studied your medical and dental history from your new patient forms, he may ask you questions about your teeth during his examination. This is fairly common, particularly if he sees anything unusual or something not mentioned in the forms.
After conducting the comprehensive exam, we take x-rays of your mouth to get a clear picture of the condition of your teeth and jaw. These scans allow us to better diagnose oral disruptions, diseases and cavities. The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental x-rays, as they provide the dentist a detailed view of the teeth and jaw. The dentist can spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures easily with the panoramic x-ray. Although believed to be a lengthy process, x-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe.
Post Examination Discussion
After your dental checkup, our dentist will discuss your results. He will guide you through any irregularities or decay found and review any treatment options he recommends. After your exam, we'll discuss the total cost of any recommended procedures and discuss a payment plan options, if necessary.
After your appointment with our dentist at Crestwood Dental Care in North Little Rock Arkansas, you'll have an understanding of future treatments required and the costs involved. At this time, we recommend setting up a follow-up appointment either for a recommended procedure (if applicable), or for your next cleaning and exam. We recommend scheduling your exam and cleaning every six months to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health complications. If you'd like to receive appointment confirmations via text or email, please click the following link and complete the form: https://dentalcode.net/forms/smile_reminder_consent.pdf
Call us at 501-758-3393 for an appointment or come to our office today. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have.