New Patient Info
Your first visit to the office typically includes a full series of x-rays (fmx) that allows the doctor and hygienist to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.
The initial visit also involves getting your medical history. When you share your medical history with the doctor, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform your dentist if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill. Also tell the doctor the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking – whether prescription or over-the-counter products – and the name of your physician. Inform the doctor of any changes in your health or medications. It is also important to bring up any fears you may have about dental treatment. The information collected in your first visit will help the doctor select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you.
After the doctor has evaluated your records, we discuss any follow-up treatment with you in detail, including the cost for your particular case.
Don’t brush off regular checkups to the dentist! Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. We encourage regular checkups at least every six months. Seeing the dentist twice a year is recommended because your dentist can:
- check for problems that you might not see or feel
- find early signs of decay
- treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include x-rays, a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, the doctor checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the doctor also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
Payment & Office Policies
The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient’s needed treatment. You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins with our financial advisor. We accept assignment from most insurance plans, and we will file the necessary papers to the insurance company. We work hard to make dental care affordable and to help you understand your insurance benefits.
- To fit your individual needs for extensive treatments, financial arrangements can be made to extend your payments over a period of time.
- For your convenience, we accept payment by CASH, CHECK, VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS, CARE CREDIT.
If you have insurance, we will help you to determine the benefits you have available. Thus, the insurance company is responsible to the patient and patients are responsible to the doctor. We will help in every way we can in filing your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf.
Why See a Dentist?Because a healthy smile lasts a lifetime!Your teeth are an important part of your body and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet, and visiting the dentist regularly, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout your entire life.
How often should I visit the dentist?
The Doctor and Hygienist recommend you have a checkup at least every six months, but in some cases, they recommend more frequent visits.
What happens when I visit the dentist?
At your checkup, you will receive x-rays, a thorough cleaning and an oral exam by the dentist. During the oral exam, the dentist checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the dentist also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
But my teeth feel fine!
OK, but how do they look? A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face. With dentistry’s many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Along with regular oral care and checkups, Dr. DeForest can offer more choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:
- Professional teeth whitening
- Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
- Tooth replacement