Your Initial Dental Appointment
Many patients continue to see the same dentist for years because they feel comfortable with them, but a change in insurance or a move to a new city or state can mean having to change providers. We do our best to make the transition to a new dentist as seamless as possible for new patients in Effingham, Illinois.
It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment. But now we'll remind you with a "Smile Reminder" via email or text message, and even provide driving directions if it's your initial visit. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!
The first step is to call our office and set up an initial consultation. These appointments are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures offered and how they might benefit you.
If you are pleased with our dentist after the first meeting, our team will assist you in setting up your first appointment. Before the appointment, you'll need to fill out a new patient form and provide your dental history and records. We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment so you have plenty of time to complete these form.
This paperwork is divided into two categories. The first requires your personal details, such as your name, age, marital status, income range, home address and more. The second asks for your complete medical history, including past treatments and any known dental problems, plus details about your dental insurance coverage, policy and provider. We ask that you be as thorough as possible when completing these forms so our dentist has all the information needed to provide you with quality treatment.
If you prefer, you can complete the health history forms online instead. This information is then securely stored in our database and evaluated prior to your appointment. To download and fill the forms out prior to your appointment, please click the following link:
After studying your dental health history, our dentist will examine your gums, teeth and mouth. This comprehensive exam allows our dentist to evaluate the state of your dental health. Our dentist will look for any sensitivity, decay and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination, and may ask additional questions about your dental or medical history. Following the exam, we will perform a thorough cleaning before moving on to your x-rays.
After completing the comprehensive exam and cleaning, our dentist will take x-rays of your mouth to get a clearer picture of the condition of your teeth and bones. These scans are taken to better analyze tooth health, bone strength and other underlying issues not visible to the naked eye. Panoramic x-rays are the most commonly used, as they provide our dentist a detailed view of your teeth and bones. They only take a few minutes and are safer than traditional film x-rays, as they emit far less radiaiton..
When your dental checkup is complete, our dentist will discuss your results with you, reviewing any problems identified and the treatment options available to you.
Even if the dentist gave you a clean bill of oral health, it's important to go ahead and schedule your next appointment with us. We recommend scheduling your next cleaning and exam six months later to ensure you can maintain good oral health. If additional treatment is required, we can schedule those appointments for you as well.