New Patient Step-by-Step
What happens during the new patient exam? Your first visit to Southeastern Dental will include going over your full health history. We will be taking your blood-pressure which gives us a good idea of your basic health. The Doctor will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, looking for signs of disease or other problems. Her goal is to help maintain your good oral health and to prevent problems from becoming serious by identifying and treating them as soon as possible.
Will X-rays be taken?
Most likely, Yes. X-rays allow us to see between the teeth and under the gum, important areas that cannot be seen otherwise. Depending on your age, the risk of disease and symptoms, the dentist may recommend X-rays. X-rays can diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth. Our dental office uses machines that emit virtually no radiation – no more than you would receive from a day in the sun or a weekend watching TV. However, as a precaution you will be draped with a lead apron with a thyroid collar when having an x-ray. If you are pregnant please inform us and an x-ray will only be taken in an emergency situation. We may take a Panoramic x-ray or Panorex. This type of film provides a complete view of your upper and lower jaw in a single picture, and helps the dentist understand your bite, the relationship between the different teeth, and your arch.
How long should I go between visits?
If your teeth and gums are in good shape, you probably won’t need to return for three to six months. If further treatment is required, for instance to fill a cavity, remove a wisdom tooth, or repair a broken crown, you should make an appointment before leaving the office. Don’t forget to ask the dentist any questions you may have, this is your chance to get the answers you need.