Keeping your smile healthy starts with
Your First Visit
What happens at your first appointment with Dr. Schick?
We spend a lot of time with our patients to understand their dental wants and needs, and to know them on a personal level. Our team prides itself on our unique approach to quality care. Many of our patients claim this sets us apart from other offices. We want to assure you that it is our goal to make your dental experience with us as positive as possible.
Upon your initial visit, you will fill out your registration forms so the office team can get to know you better. It is a good idea to arrive a few minutes early for this appointment. You can also download registration/health history forms here.
Your dental hygienist will review your medical and dental history and you will have the opportunity to share with her your reasons for being here, your dental and health concerns, as well as your desires for your mouth. We will then take a series of radiographs, with the latest digital technology using 65% less radiation than a traditional x-ray. These are important and necessary to properly diagnose and treat all patients. From these radiographs, photographs and a comprehensive exam, Dr. Schick can document your past dental history and determine your current oral health.
Upon completing the necessary radiographs, your dental hygienist will begin gathering information to assist Dr. Schick in completing his examination of your mouth. We will take a series of extraoral photographs of your mouth. Your hygienist will palpate your neck and face assessing for any abnormalities, as well as an oral cancer screening. She will completely chart existing conditions in your mouth including previously restored or extracted teeth, as well as a complete periodontal charting to help determine the health of your gums and bone support. She will discuss treatment needs with you and show videos to help explain possible problems, reasons for treatment and treatment options.
After reviewing your radiographs and the information your hygienist has gathered Dr. Schick will complete your “dental physical.” We can then discuss your individualized treatment plan. Once your treatment plan has been presented and you understand your options, our financial coordinator will meet with you to answer any questions you may have, discuss payment options, and work with you on the best way to move forward with your treatment plan. You didn’t get here overnight. We can work at your pace.
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