Welcome to Downtown Dental!
We know how busy your life can be so Downtown Dental offers a variety of online services to keep you and your family’s dental care organized.
What to expect at your first visit
A review of your medical history, medications, and allergies, to determine the links between your overall health and your dental condition, and to ensure that dental procedures are safe and healthy for you.
Your dentist will complete a comprehensive examination of the orofacial structures. This includes an examination of the head and neck structures including lymph nodes, muscles of mastication, and salivary glands, as well as a TMJ (jaw joint) assessment. An intraoral soft tissue examination allows us to check for oral pathologies and abnormalities. Finally, we examine how your teeth come together and examine each tooth thoroughly.
Your dental hygienist completes a periodontal evaluation (a check-up of your gums and jaw bone health) which includes a full mouth probing and assessment of overall gum health.
Your dentist will discuss the findings of the comprehensive examination with you, discuss potential issues, and your options for addressing them. You and your dentist work together to formulate a treatment plan that works for you.
Your hygienist will proceed with a thorough dental cleaning, which will involve the use of hand instruments to remove tartar, ultrasonic instruments to remove tenacious tartar, and a polish of your teeth back to their natural smoothness. Depending on the severity of build-up and the complexity of your needs, more than one appointment may be necessary to complete the cleaning.
Your hygienist will review recommendations for a dental cleaning schedule and how to effectively take care of your teeth at home.
Your visit ends when we have completed the day’s planned treatment, your questions are answered, and your next visit is booked.
If you’re new to our office, here are a few things to remember for your first appointment:
- Please bring a list of medications you are taking and the respective doses.
- Your dental insurance information (we direct bill).
- A completed New Patient Form