What Happens at a First Dental Visit?

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First Dental Visit At Liberty Family Smiles In Powell, Ohio

Your smile and your self-confidence go hand-in-hand. The health benefits of enhancing your smile are much more than skin-deep. You deserve a dentist and dental team that strives to change lives. Join Dr. Wu at Liberty Family Smiles for a smile evaluation. 

After a first dental visit, you will understand that your comfort and care are a priority and that a significant change in your life is just a visit or two away.

Every aspect of our practice is tailor-made to offer you comprehensive, convenient service. Answering your questions and concerns about your dental care is our priority.

Before the First Dental Visit

The visit to the dentist starts before the date of your appointment. While scheduling an appointment with your dentist in Powell for the first time, you may be asked to gather certain information regarding your medical history. This info is vital for Dr. Wu to know of any past health issues, whether oral health or overall health.

Some examples of vital information may be any implantable medical devices, past surgical procedures, or chronic medical conditions. This information is essential to know to provide the best care for the patient.

To ensure you receive the treatment you need, one of our friendly team members will oversee the schedules for the dentist and hygienists. You can count on them to assist you with treatment plans and payment options. They will also work with you and your dental insurance providers to maximize your benefits and make the road to a new smile comfortable for you.

During the First Dental Visit

While your exact schedule varies on the nature of the visit, a routine check-up will start with you comfortably seated in a dental chair. When ready, the dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth. 

Deep teeth cleanings help to remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth that may otherwise cause cavities and tooth decay. In addition, your hygienist will floss in between your teeth to eliminate any plaque your toothbrush could not reach. Following that, we highly recommend getting a fluoride treatment to help strengthen teeth, reduce tooth decay and fight bad breath.

Dr. Wu Arrives

Dr. Wu arrives and will evaluate critical aspects of your smile to determine your current level of oral health. She’ll take the time to get to know you and truly understand your concerns and goals.

During your dental check, the doctor will:

  • Review your medical and dental history
  • Discuss the reasons for your visit, your concerns, and your oral health goals
  • Perform an oral cancer screening, click here to learn more.
  • Conduct a tooth-by-tooth check for decay 
  • Assess the integrity of existing dental work
  • Check for signs of gum disease and evaluate the quality and condition of your teeth and gum tissue
  • Evaluate your TMJ joints and jaw muscles. Follow this link.
  • Determine how well your top and bottom teeth fit together
  • Take a complete set of digital X-rays, if applicable
  • Create diagnostic study casts of your mouth, if applicable

If cavities are present, Dr. Wu may ask if you want them filled during the visit. Suppose there are questionable areas on the surfaces of the teeth. In that case, she may offer a sealant treatment to reinforce the structure. 

If there are issues with the gums on your first dental visit, Dr. Wu will make recommendations regarding how best to care for them to prevent periodontal disease. Of course, she will also encourage you to continue to take good care of your teeth and maybe give you a few preventive care tips.

This moment is the best time for you to ask any questions you may have. It is also a great time to talk with Dr. Wu about anything that may be bothering you about your smile. 

Many people are not content with their smiles. But you must understand that most people are not born with perfect Hollywood teeth. This is where cosmetic dentist procedures come in. 

Dr. Wu can correct crooked teeth, close gaps, correct stained or discolored teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth with dental implants, and even “gummy” smiles. You can finally have the smile you have always wanted. Your goals, concerns, and financial comfort level are considered when we tailor a treatment plan for your smile.

Many people grow up visiting their dentist twice a year, while others don’t go until adulthood. For those who have never had a general dentistry appointment before, you may be a little bit nervous. 

Liberty Family Smiles is Best for Your First Dental Visit

Remember that your dental team only wants what is best for their patients. Our dental office has a convenient location in Powell, Ohio, and provides a comfortable environment and a ‘no judgment’ zone. Our passion is helping our patients achieve optimal oral health. 

Preparing for your appointment will save you time and allow us to make your first dental visit to your Powell dentist the best experience. We are very excited to meet you and answer any questions; please call (614) 368-1001 or email.