What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

For your first visit, we ask that you bring the following:

  • Patient Information Form
  • Dental Insurance Card (if applicable)
  • Identification such as Driver's License
  • Military ID or State ID
  • Patient Health History Form
  • HIPAA Consent Form
  • Patient Authorization Form

How long will my first appointment last?

Please plan on 1 to 1.5 hours for your first dental appointment. For future visits, our team will discuss the length of your visit in advance.

Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

Routine dental visits can reduce the risk that you’ll have a "crisis" requiring emergency dental care. A dental crisis tends to cost more in terms of your time and money, and many dental problems can be detected and treated before they reach the crisis stage.

I’m not in pain. Should I still schedule a dental appointment?

Yes. Tooth decay often progresses without pain until it gets close to the nerve inside the tooth. A cavity can grow to a dangerous size and you may never feel anything. Fortunately, our dentists can detect and treat a small cavity well before it leads to pain or extensive and costly treatments.

Why are xrays needed?

Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen simply by looking into the mouth. X-rays show small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings), infections in the bone, periodontal (gum) disease, abscesses or cysts, developmental abnormalities, certain types of tumors.

What is periodontal disease?

Also known as gum disease, this infection includes inflammation, bleeding gums, bone loss, and receding gums. To prevent tooth loss and widespread health problems, our experienced dentist and hygienists can provide the appropriate periodontal care.

How long will the results of teeth whitening last?

The length of time you can expect your teeth whitening results to last will vary. If you smoke, drink red wine or coffee, or consume certain foods, your bright smile may begin to diminish more quickly than you expect. Typically, teeth whitening results can last up to a few years, but our team can provide occasional touch-ups to regain luster.

Why do I have to take antibiotics before my dental appointment?

Certain medical conditions require pre-medication with an antibiotic prior to dental treatment in order to unwanted bacteria from entering the blood stream. To determine if you will require antibiotics, we’ll need accurate information about your medical history. When indicated, we may also consult your physician.

Is dental care during pregnancy safe?

Dental care during pregnancy is not only safe, but it’s recommended. It’s normal to experience some surprising dental problems during pregnancy and our team is here to keep you healthy and comfortable. Also, undiagnosed or untreated dental problems can pose a danger to your unborn child, including premature delivery, low birthweight, and other complications.

I’m afraid of the dentist and I’m embarrassed about my mouth. What should I do?

First, you should know that you aren’t alone. Our office is inviting, relaxing, and soothing. Plus, as a team, we take pride in making members our community feel comfortable and welcome. We aren’t here to judge your past; we’re here to discuss your options for reducing feelings of anxiety and stress during your appointment. Contact us to talk it over today.