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What To Expect During Your First Visit

Welcome to Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry! We are happy to help you optimize your oral health with our team of compassionate, skilled dentists and dental specialists. Our practice combines innovative technology, dental expertise, and a high-quality of care to provide each patients with the most comprehensive care possible and help patients achieve optimum health.

Our dentists in Gainesville, FL, specialize in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and implant dentistry, for an encompassing assortment of services for the benefit of your smile. Before you attend your first appointment with our dentists, read through the following information to gain a better understanding of what you might expect during your first visit with us.

New Patient Comprehensive Examination

A new patient comprehensive examination typically includes a full oral exam of your teeth and soft tissues, including oral cancer screening. We will also use full digital X-rays utilizing the latest technology with Cone beam imaging, if needed, as well as taking a full medical history evaluation for contributing factors, such as common oral conditions.

At this appointment, we are eager to get to know your entire health history, as well as any concerns you may have with your teeth or smile. After listening to all concerns, we will then develop a treatment plan with services like teeth cleaning and tooth filling, to either restore your beautiful smile or continue to maintain the one you already have.

Limited Dental Examination

Our Gainesville dentists often meet new patients experiencing a dental emergency during a limited dental examination, whether it’s due to a lost filling or lost crown, toothache, missing tooth, abscessed tooth, chipped or broken tooth, or another oral issue. At this appointment, we focus on an area of concern and work hard to eliminate any pain or discomfort.

This may include X-rays, tooth extractions, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth removal, or stabilizing dental traumas. We are highly trained to perform these procedures and have often created life-long relationships with patients after meeting in these unfortunate circumstances. We encourage patients to seek regular and comprehensive care to maintain their oral health.

Full Mouth Digital X-Rays

Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry uses innovative, digital dental X-rays to help our dentists see oral problems that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Digital X-rays detect deep, underlying oral problems and can provide our team with a more in-depth view of your mouth. Dentists use dental x-rays to detect cavities, tooth decay, tumors, cysts, tooth movement, tooth rotation, bone loss, bone growth, and changes in root canals or fillings, among other dental issues. Digital X-rays offer the benefits of decreased exposure to radiation, an environmentally friendly process, high-efficiency, and 3D imaging. Contact us to learn more!

How To Prepare For Your Dentist Appointment

Scheduling regular visits with your Gainesville, FL dentist is key to achieving and maintaining a high quality of oral health and avoiding a plethora of oral health problems and overall health issues. We want you to feel prepared when you visit our dental office for the first time, whether you are experiencing dental pain, you’re changing dentists, or it’s time for a checkup. To make the most of your dental experience with our team, consider the following.

Choose A Trustworthy Dentist

The dentist you choose will work with you to help improve and maintain top oral health and satisfaction. You should select a dentist with excellent communication skills and a high degree of competence in managing your oral health and any anxiety you may feel. Our dentists maintain an open line of communication with each patient, reinforcing their confidence and establishing a trusted, long-term patient-dentist relationship.

Confirm Your Dental Appointment

Before your appointment, call our dental office to confirm the time, if our receptionist hasn’t already done so. We recommend arriving to your appointment early in order to fill out any required paperwork and establishing any dental insurance into our system. Ask our team member whether there’s anything else you need to do prior to your appointment or bring along with you while attending your dental visit.

Provide Your Dental Records

Make sure you provide our dentists with access to your dental records. If this is your first time visiting our office, then you may need to contact your prior dental office to have your dental records and paperwork transferred to us. If you have additional questions regarding your dental records and what records we require, please contact Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry. We will be happy to help you in any way we can!

List Your Medications & Dosages

It is important that your dentist and dental team know what, if any, medications you are taking and the exact dosage of each medication. You can either bring along your medications to your appointment or write the names of each medication down, along with the dosage of each medication, as well as how and when you take them. If you are unsure whether or not to list a specific medication or supplement, please contact us.

Make A List Of Your Questions

Another great way to prepare for your first dental appointment with us is to write down all questions and any concerns you might have about your dental care, our available treatments, and what to expect during your time with us. You will be able to go over them with our dentist during your appointment. Having your concerns and questions addressed with your dentist and dental team can help you ease any anxiety and help you prepare for what is to come.

When Should I Take My Child To The Dentist?

As a parent to your child, you get to experience many “firsts” alongside them. This includes their first words, first walk, and even their first dental appointment. A common question parents ask us is, “how soon should I bring my child to the dentist?” We recommend that kids come in for their first dental checkup when their baby teeth first start to emerge from their gums or by the time their first birthday passes. This may seem early, but early appointments can be essential to ensuring your child doesn’t have any oral health problems in the future. Baby teeth can emerge as early and 6 months, so make sure that their first appointment with us is promptly scheduled!