New Patients Guide
When you move to a new neighborhood, it can be difficult to find new doctors. If you have been with the same dentist for quite a while, you will need some information on what to expect when you go to the new practice. Our dentist and staff at Washington Family Dental Care can help you with any questions you may have. Please refer to the following information about joining our practice.
Your First Visit - What to Expect
Most people remain with their same doctor for many years, as they get accustomed to the service and medical judgement they get.
However, in special cases, such as moving to a new neighborhood, people must find new doctors. If you are one of those people, these guidelines might be useful to you when visiting your new dentist in Washington Pennsylvania. We are here to provide high quality service in a relaxed, comfortable environment.Read more about Your First Visit - What to Expect
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Release of Records Consent
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During your initial meeting at our dental office, our dentist will thoroughly discuss with you the various treatments that we offer including those that specifically suit your needs. He will guide through and will be ready to answer any questions that you may have about your oral health in general.
If you are pleased with the initial meeting, our team at Washington Family Dental Care will further assist you in scheduling an appointment for a formal check-up. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out new patient forms along with providing any prior dental history/records. We suggest that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to ensure that you have plenty of time to fill out these forms.
For your convenience, our office also provides the choice of filling out the forms before coming to the clinic. This means that you may visit our website and fill out the enrollment forms online. This saves you time and ensures an efficient and effective visit. Patients can download the health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information will be stored in our database and evaluated prior to your session. Once our dentist reviews your health history forms and your appointment is set, you will be ready to meet our dentist again and begin your formal dental examination.
After reviewing your dental health history, our dentist will examine your gums, teeth, and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam, through which our dentist will observe the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so that there are no extra particles in your mouth at that time.
Our dentist will look for any sensitivity, decay, and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination, and explain any findings. Even though our dentist will review your medical and dental history in the forms you filled, he might still ask you questions about your teeth while examining them. This is common and can help our dentist identify anything unusual or any information not mentioned in the new patient forms.
After conducting the comprehensive exam, our dentist will take an x-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the status of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. The X-rays are suggested to be performed either when there is a severe problem, or routinely, once a year, to verify any changes from the last visit.
After the procedure, the x-rays will be stored in your file for future reference.
Post Exam Discussion
Once the initial dental check-up is completed, our dentist will discuss the results with you. Our dentist will explain any findings such as irregularities or decay in your mouth, along with your overall oral health. He will mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic. Our dentist will suggest the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for your specific needs, customized to your requirements and your dental issues. You will also have the opportunity to clarify any doubts or questions that you may have regarding your oral health.
You may also discuss with the doctor any insurance coverage that you may have, in case you are planning to use your insurance to pay for the treatment.
After meeting our dentist at Washington Family Dental Care in Washington,Pennsylvania and discussing possible dental treatments in detail, we will schedule a follow-up session at your convenience. These follow-up sessions will be mostly for cleaning and preparing your teeth for the upcoming procedures.
We suggest visiting our office twice a year to prevent any cavities, tooth decay or any other oral health issue. During these routine checkups, the teeth are usually cleaned and treated to ensure that they remain in good shape. In addition, during these routine check-ups, our dentist can track your oral health condition and work on any preventive procedure to maintain your teeth in good shape.