Finding a new dental office can often be a challenge. Fortunately, Heartland Family Dental Care in Effingham, Illinois 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.
It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment but now we're able to remind you with an Appointment Reminder via email or text message. And if it's your first visit, we'll be happy to provide driving directions. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!
Release of Records Form
Download the Release of Records Consent form.
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:
To schedule an appointment, call our dental office at 217-540-5000 and our staff will assist you in finding a day and time that is available and convenient for you.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing before the appointment will help our dentist properly examine your teeth with efficiency and ease.
It's important that our new patients understand that the more information we have about your dental history, the better. You shouldn't worry about being judged or embarrassed, so you can feel comfortable discussing all the pertinent details of your oral health habits, issues, and history. Our only concern is improving your oral health. Therefore, it's crucial that your complete, accurate medical and dental history is disclosed on your first visit.
If you feel anxious before going to your first appointment, we want to remind you that we are here to help you achieve the smile you want regardless of your current oral state. We are here for you!
At the Dental Office
When you arrive at our dental office, please inform the receptionist so he or she can inform the dentist. After our dentist has been informed and all the necessary paperwork has been submitted, a member of our staff will call your name and ask you to follow him/her to proceed with the consultation.
Your Health History
Before the dental exam is performed, talk to our dentist about your health history. This will give our dentist insight about your oral health and underlying causes of present issues, if any.
X-rays are a way of diagnosing problems that are not easily visible. These include tooth decay, abscesses, impacted teeth, and jawbone damage. The details x-rays provide could make all the difference for your overall oral hygiene. Our dentist may also recommend a panoramic radiograph. This dental imaging technique provides a complete visual of your jaws, which helps in pinpointing any damage that tooth decay may have caused to the bone.
All first-time patients undergo a comprehensive exam. This includes a thorough examination of your teeth and gums so that our dentist can accurately evaluate your situation.
Our dentist may recommend you get a professional teeth cleaning. During this cleaning session, our dental hygienist will remove accumulated plaque from outside or in-between the teeth. After a thorough cleaning has been done, our dental hygienist will polish the teeth and may apply a minty paste to leave your mouth fresh.
After your treatment is over, our dentist may recommend products that help prevent future dental issues and ensure that your oral health is always at its best. Some of the products recommended are fluoride toothpaste, mouthwashes, sealants or a dental care kit.
This is the best time to ask our dentist any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Our dentist doesn't mind demonstrating how to floss properly or the right brushing techniques, so asking for assistance is highly encouraged.
Once the comprehensive exam and x-rays are complete, our dentist will discuss solutions to your dental problems. Through a specially designed, comprehensive treatment plan, we can resolve the problems that are adversely affecting your oral hygiene.
Scheduling the Next Visit
After your first visit, approach the receptionist to schedule your next appointment and to make any necessary payments. We will reschedule you based on our dentist's recommendation and your availability.