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What to Expect at Your First Appointment With a New Dentist

September 26, 2017

Finding a new dentist can be a long process. Do they accept your insurance provider? Is their location convenient? Are they a reputable business with a license to practice? After searching Google and reading dozens of reviews, you’ve finally picked the perfect place. What should you expect on your first visit?

Plan to arrive early

Be prepared to send your dental records in advance and come 15 minutes early to your appointment to fill out necessary paperwork. If your new dentist isn’t interested in your dental records, that’s a red flag. Keeping track of your history and watching for sudden changes is a huge part of dental care.

New tests may be required

Once your records and paperwork are on file, your new dentist will want to perform a full evaluation. This may include taking new x-rays, screening for oral cancer, and recommending a different treatment plan.

However, be wary of a practitioner who claims that you have extensive dental problems that need expensive treatment. It may be a good idea to seek a second opinion if your new dentist claims that you need surgery or other major treatments out of the blue.

Developing an optimum treatment plan

Based on your dental history, x-rays, and examination, your dentist will want to develop a treatment plan which meets your oral health needs. This conversation is an important step in preventative treatment, as your dentist can warn you of issues that will worsen over time. Your dentist may also mention treatments you may need in the near future, such as braces, fillings, or crowns.

Verify insurance and payment methods

After your appointment, an office manager will discuss dental insurance and payment methods with you. This is a great opportunity to ask for a price quote of any anticipated treatments. You may also need to contact your insurance provider for options such as lowered fees or no-interest financing.

At Cannon Park Dental, we are committed to providing exceptional services for the whole family. From cosmetic dentistry and whitening to comprehensive family dentistry, the team at Cannon Park can help you.

Looking for a dental practice that puts patients first? Contact Dr. Myers and the Cannon Park Dental team today! You can reach us online or at (843) 723-5346.

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