Oral health is very important for many people and finding a dentist who perfectly suits their needs is a priority. To help you get familiar with our practice, here is a brief description of everything you should expect during your first visit at Lake Gibson Dental Center in Lakeland, Florida. Our dentist’s goal is to provide you with good oral health care and a beautiful smile.
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Consultations are a great opportunity for you to become familiar with our dentist and our clinic. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them. Once an exam is conducted on your teeth, they will also discuss with you any future plans for your dental and oral health.
New Patient Paperwork and Documentation
If you are pleased with our dentist after the first meeting, our team at Lake Gibson Dental Center will assist you in setting up an appointment. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out a new patient form along with providing your dental history and records. It is suggested that you come in at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to fill out these forms.
This paperwork mostly comes in two categories, both of which must be properly completed.
Personal details - In this form, you have to fill in personal information such as your name, age, marital status, income range, home address, etc.Medical history form - In this form, you must provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and details about dental insurance coverage, policy, and provider.It is imperative for you to be precise in answering all the questions as any wrong answer could impact your future treatment.
Our office also provides patients with the choice of filling out the forms before coming to the clinic. This means that you can visit our website and fill out the enrollment form online. This saves you time and ensures you a hassle-free appointment scheduling and an efficient effective visit. Patients can download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information will be stored in our database and will be evaluated prior to your session.
After studying your dental health history, our dentist will most likely examine your gums, teeth, and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is performed to study the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so that there are no extra particles in your mouth at that time.
Our dentist will thoroughly look for any sensitivity, decay, and redness around the gums or teeth during the examination and explain the procedure to you, accordingly. Even though our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled, he might still ask you questions about your teeth while examining them. This is fairly common in the case our dentist sees anything unusual or something which was not mentioned in the forms.
After concluding the comprehensive examination, our dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the condition of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays as they provide the dentist a much more detailed view of the teeth and jaw. The dentist is able to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures easily with the panoramic X-ray.
Although believed to be a prolonged process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe. The X-rays are a safe procedure for the patient. Our dentist will guide you through a straightforward process by asking you to bite down on gauze, while the rest of the body is protected from the X-ray machine with a device that will cover it. Only the mouth will be scanned by the machine.
Post Examination Discussion
After the dental exam, our dentist will discuss your results with you. Our dentist will guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that he may have found in your mouth. He may also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic. The dentist will suggest and explain to you the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for your specific needs and will customize it to fit your requirements.
You will also receive the total cost for the particular procedure and can discuss the payment plan accordingly.
Our main goal is to help you maintain good oral health and solve all of your dental issues.
After meeting our dentist at Lake Gibson Dental Center in Lakeland, Florida and discussing possible treatments you may require, then a follow-up session will be arranged for you according to your availability. During these follow-up sessions, your teeth will be cleaned and prepared for any forthcoming treatments.
It is highly recommended that you visit our clinic for at least two follow up sessions within a single year. This will help prevent the development of oral diseases, tooth decay, and cavities. Over the course of these follow-up visits, teeth cleaning and further treatment are performed to keep your teeth in their best condition.