Your First Visit at Magnolia Dental
At Your First Cosmetic Dental Appointment
Your first visit to our Louisville practice will typically consist of a cleaning, an examination, and a review of your treatment options. A complex medical history or treatment plan may require further evaluation and a second appointment.
When scheduling your appointment, please provide your insurance information. This will ensure your benefits can be verified before your visit. Also, please complete the registration forms that were sent to you via email. If you have not received this email, please contact our office, as these must be completed before your scheduled appointment.
Gather Necessary Information Beforehand
Discussing your family history may not be the first thing you think of when scheduling your dental appointment in Louisville, but being familiar with your family’s medical history allows us to better care for your oral and overall health. Having this prepared and ready for your appointment will save you time and allow us to make your first visit the very best experience.
Like many other conditions such as heart disease and certain forms of cancer, periodontal disease has strong genetic ties that can run in your family. Knowing your family’s medical history can help your dentist keep an eye out for oral health issues such as gum disease or other conditions which present symptoms in the mouth, such as diabetes.
Aside from gathering any relevant personal or family medical information, be sure to review your dental insurance benefits as you prepare for your appointment. Knowing your level of coverage will help you understand what costs will be associated with your care. If you have any questions about using your dental insurance in our practice or if you would like information about paying for care without insurance, give us a call!
What Happens During Your Appointment?
Although this varies from patient to patient based on their individual needs, a dental check-up generally consists of a professional cleaning, a comprehensive dental examination, and potentially X-rays.
How frequently you need dental X-rays relies largely on your medical and dental history, your age, and your current oral health. New-patient examinations often include X-rays as well.
If required, dental X-rays are generally taken at the beginning of your dental appointment. Dental X-rays allow us to detect and diagnose tooth decay between teeth, on hard-to-reach surfaces, and under existing dental work. X-rays can even be helpful in identifying dental and orthodontic issues that exist beneath the gum line.
Once it’s time for your cleaning, your dentist or hygienist uses a small metal instrument known as a scaler to scrape off tartar above and below the gum line and in between teeth. Next, they polish your teeth using a polishing tool and a lightly abrasive paste to deep clean your pearly whites and remove any tartar left behind after the previous step. Last but not least, they’ll finish your cleaning with a thorough flossing.
After your teeth are clean, your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination to ensure your oral health is in tip-top shape. They will:
- Examine your teeth for signs of decay
- Check for gum swelling and redness, and measure the depth of your gingival pockets to check for signs of periodontal disease
- Test how your top and bottom teeth come together and check for signs of teeth grinding or other potential orthodontic issues
- Examine your neck, lymph glands, and oral cavity for signs of oral cancer
Based on your exam, we’ll discuss any necessary treatment recommendations and offer helpful tips on how to improve your oral hygiene before your next appointment at our Louisville practice. We’ll also discuss any cosmetic treatment options you may be interested in. We’re so excited to see you. If you have any questions, please call 502-709-9430 or send us an email. You can learn more about us on our business page, and make sure to get directions to our Louisville practice before you head our way for the first time!