Here you can download “New Patient” forms to complete before your initial dental appointment or access relevant dental website links.
New Patient Forms
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SEE A DENTIST?
A. The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.
Q. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY APPOINTMENT?
A. Our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, make X-rays of your teeth as needed, and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs. During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth, and make plans for treatment as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing, and answer any questions you may have.
Q. WHAT DOES “PAINLESS DENTISTRY” MEAN?
A. Painless Dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means of most comfortable to you.
Q. WHAT IF I HAVE AN EMERGENCY?
A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you into our schedule if you have a dental emergency during business hours. After hours, over the weekend, and during holidays, you may call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.
Q. ARE PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE FOR MY DENTAL TREATMENT?
A. Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plan, Care Credit and also accept most major credit cards, including MasterCard and Visa. Ask Gretchen for more information.
Q. CAN THE DENTIST WHITEN MY TEETH?
A. In our office, we offer customized bleaching with the Zoom! In-Office Whitening System. Over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.
Q. WHAT IF I HAVE A GAP IN MY TEETH, A CHIPPED TOOTH, OR TEETH THAT DO NOT RESPOND TO NORMAL BLEACHING METHODS?
A. Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth.
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Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any foods trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. See a dentist as soon as possible.
CUT OR BITTEN TONGUE, LIP OR CHEEK
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm, but gentle, pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial are of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention.
KNOCKED OUT PERMANENT TOOTH
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top), and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.
POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.
BLEEDING AFTER A BABY TOOTH FALLS OUT
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes–if bleeding continues, see a dentist.
COLD OR CANKER SORES
Over the counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit your dentist.
Points of Consideration
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
On your first visit, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow time to meet our front office staff and complete necessary forms to facilitate your treatment. You may view and print our new patient forms prior to your appointment to expedite this process.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Please dress comfortably as the office is kept cool. As a part of our service, we take and record blood pressure reading on all patients, so please dress accordingly to allow access to your arms.
WHAT ABOUT MY COMFORT?
We strive to make your visit as comfortable as possible. We provide neck pillows, blankets and head phones at patient’s request.
WHAT IF I AM LATE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?
Depending on the procedure planned, it may be necessary to reschedule your appointment in order to have adequate time to address your needs.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CHANGE MY APPOINTMENT?
In deference to other patients, please give at least a 24-hour notice if it is necessary to change your appointment.