Your first visit to a new dental practice is usually very important. Unless you have an emergency dental situation that needs immediate attention, a new patient consultation typically involves a thorough assessment of your oral cavity and and review of your dental and medical history.
The objective is to identify the current state of your mouth, make a diagnosis of existing or possible issues, and develop a long-term preventative plan that will optimize the function, health, and aesthetics of your mouth.
At Great Grins Dental in Austin, we focus on providing all our patients with a warm and inviting environment where you feel comfortable during your appointments with Dr. Shaw.
Initial Comprehensive Exam
On your first visit, you will meet with Dr. Shaw to discuss your medical and dental history. This is also a great opportunity to share any fears, worries, or ideas you may have concerning your smile and oral health. You can also expect:
A simple visual exam
Dr. Shaw will visually inspect your gums to check for sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, and teeth to identify any cavities, chipped or broken teeth, overcrowding, and other indicators of problems. She will also inspect your lips, cheeks, tongue, and palate to look for any ulcers or unusual discolorations.
Se will also perform an oral-cancer screening by checking for any anomalies such as lumps, bumps, and swelling.
Inspect your jaws and bite
Dr. Shaw will then examine your jaw and bite for any problems, such as misalignment or bone disease. It is important to assess the health of your hard tissues as they facilitate the proper function of your mouth and maintain the proper facial structure.
Dr. Shaw may also require x-rays to examine the structure of your teeth and bone tissue underneath the gums. X-rays provide a more detailed analysis of your teeth, below the gums, allowing us to spot issues that are not apparent through a basic visual inspection. These x-rays will help us check for impacted teeth, jaw fractures, and sinus conditions, and determine the severity of cavities, gum disease, and bone loss, while providing a benchmark for future appointments.
Lastly, Dr. Shaw will professionally clean your teeth to remove buildup plaque and tartar, and address any specific issues you may have. The initial exam is important for you and your dental team to understand your needs and create a custom dental preventative and treatment that will optimize your oral health.
How Much Will This Cost You?
Only $99. Dr. Shaw will then schedule your next appointment depending on the state of your mouth, either for a regular checkup or for dental treatment for an issue that was identified during the initial consultation.
Schedule an appointment at Great Grins Dental in Austin today, and we’ll work together to give you and your family a beautiful smile and healthy mouth. Contact us online or call our office for more information at 512-346-1900.