Your First Visit
Lake Forest Dental Associates is committed to providing the best, most advanced treatment possible in a calm, compassionate setting. We understand that you, or your loved one, may be anxious about visiting the dentist. Our team is sensitive to those needs and it is our goal to make you feel comfortable visiting our practice while providing the best care possible. Your appointment has been reserved specifically for you. To ensure your appointment is stress-free, please arrive on time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you may be asked to reschedule. We request a 24-hour notice if you need to cancel your appointment. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment and appreciate your cooperation.
Your first visit is all about you – your comfort, your happiness, and your health.
During your first visit, our Lake Forest Dental Associates team members will review your dental and medical history, as well as take X-rays of your teeth and mouth. You will then meet with Dr. Razdolsky or Dr. Tincher who will perform a complete and thorough dental examination from which they can create an individual, specialized treatment plan specific to your needs and personal smile goals. One of our hygienists will clean and polish your teeth for a clean and healthy smile and our team will answer any questions that you may have. This first visit will take approximately 120 minutes.
Bring your smile, but also remember to bring these with you to your first appointment:
- Your completed patient information form
- Your dental insurance card
- A form of identification
During your examination, we’ll look at the following:
Diagnostic x-ray (radiographs) as needed: This will help us to determine your current dental health status including, tooth position and root angulation, as well as determine if any decay, bone loss or any other possible pathologies are present.
Photographs: We think a picture is worth a thousand words and believe in showing patients our findings rather than trying to just explain what we see.
Periodontal evaluation: We examine for any sign of gum disease and record full mouth probing levels for monitoring and tracking patient gum health.
Examination of current restorations: We observe a patient’s present fillings/crowns/bridges/veneers/implants etc. and evaluate them for function, possible decay, bone loss in the case of a dental implant, and optimal long-term performance.
Occlusal and TMJ evaluation: We evaluate and record range of mandibular movement, joint heath, class of occlusion and determine first tooth to tooth contacts among other things to help monitor patient’s long-term oral and systemic health.
Oral cancer screening: We will check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat `and gums for any signs of cancer or other pathology.
Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!
The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We understand that you have a busy schedule, so when you’re preparing to visit our office, please remember that your appointments can last anywhere between 45 and 60 minutes.