Finding a new dental office can often be a challenge. Fortunately, Smiles at Lakewood Ranch in Lakewood Ranch, Florida can satisfy all your dental needs. The following will provide you with an overview of what to expect from your first visit to our dental office.
You have the option of completing the new patient paperwork prior to your first appointment to ensure an expedient visit. Click the following link to download our new patient forms. Save time and fill out your patient paperwork in advance. Use the links below to download the PDF files. Fill them out please and bring them in with you.
New Patient Paperwork
New Patient Paperwork In Spanish
Release of Records Form
Appointment Reminder Form
What to Expect at Your First Dentist Appointment
While many believe that at-home oral hygiene alone is sufficient in maintaining good oral health, regular dental cleaning appointments are crucial to rounding out your routine. Without these, the teeth and gums are susceptible to infection and decay. This can be detrimental to your oral and overall health.
We recommend you make a dentist appointment twice a year to ensure optimal oral health, but patients that are more susceptible to gum disease or cavities should consider more frequent visits.
Contact Smiles at Lakewood Ranch in Lakewood Ranch, Florida at 941-216-3803 for more information on what to expect at your first checkup, or continue reading below!
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Let’s face it… few things are more tedious than the process of scheduling and attending an appointment, dental or otherwise. That’s why we promise to make you comfortable, treat you with the utmost respect, and help you get on with your day. We pride ourselves on being friendly, understanding people who know what you are going through, and we promise to support you every step of the way!
What Happens at My First Visit?
First, you should schedule a dentist appointment (online, over the phone, or in-person). Be sure to set reminders on your phone or even a physical calendar so you don’t miss your appointment! Then, at your initial appointment, we’ll perform a quick oral exam and check for issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems that can affect not only your mouth but your overall health. Lastly, we’ll discuss personalized treatment options that can help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
Dental Cleaning Expectations
Below, you will find things to expect from a typical dental cleaning appointment:
- Teeth cleaning: The main goal of cleaning is for the teeth to be cleaned and polished. Your dentist will scrub both the front and back of each tooth with a high-grade professional toothpaste and an electronic toothbrush, both of which help remove plaque and tartar that may have accumulated.
- Flossing: Your general dentist or hygienist will floss in between each tooth, which is essential for removing built-up food and keeping the gums and teeth healthy. Many people make the mistake of not flossing every day, which is why it’s so important during a dental cleaning appointment.
- Troubleshooting: During your exam, your dentist will keep an eye out for cavities, gum inflammation, and other issues that may affect your oral health. If a problem is found, we may suggest a follow-up appointment to remedy the situation.
- Setting up Future Visits: Consistency is key in maintaining good oral hygiene. This not only includes regularly taking care of your smile at home but also scheduling a dental exam every 6 months or so. Life is hectic, and it can be easy for things like dentist appointments to slide to the backburner. Scheduling your appointment while at the dentist is a great way to make sure your next visit is set!
What to Expect FAQs
What is the Importance of Oral Health?
Why Get a Dental Exam?
How Can You Prepare for a Dental Exam?
Don’t forget to bring:
- Dental X-rays from the last six months (we can take X-rays if you don’t have any)
- Your medical and dental history information, including any medications you’re currently prescribed
- Your dental insurance card (if applicable)
- Your parent or guardian (if you’re under 18)
How Long Does a Dental Cleaning Take?
Depending on a patient’s oral health, the average dental cleaning procedure can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. During the exam, a dental hygienist will first check your gums for disease and your teeth for cavities. Then, they’ll remove any plaque or tartar build-up with various instruments. Typically, once the hygienist completes their job, the dentist will step in to give a quick but thorough once-over and add any necessary input to the hygienist’s conclusions about the status of your oral health. Keep in mind – more is involved in a dental cleaning than just the physical act of cleaning! During your appointment, the dentist and staff may:
- Take X-rays
- Check the space between your teeth and gums for signs of gum disease
- Examine your teeth, tongue, and other oral cavities to ensure they are healthy and not an impediment to your health
Are you ready to smile? Book your dental exam today with Smiles at Lakewood Ranch in Lakewood Ranch, Florida at 941-216-3803!
A Beautiful Smile Restored!
In this Smiles at Lakewood Ranch case study, our patient Rosetta explains how she had an accident and broke her front tooth. Another dentist told her some bad news and, wow, is she glad she came to the experts at Smiles at Lakewood Ranch instead!
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