What to expect on your 1st visit?
The first dental examination is the most important event in the entire oral health program of the patient. At this time, the patient has their current oral status carefully assessed by our dentist and certified staff and a treatment plan is designed to meet your dental needs, which includes a comprehensive dental program to bring you to complete dental health.
During your first visit, our dentist will review with you your medical and dental history, including:
- Sufficient x-rays to complete your dental exam
- A comprehensive periodontal (gum) evaluation
- Evaluation for tooth decay
- Soft tissue examination of the lips, tongue and oral cavity
- Orthodontic Screening Evaluation
Based on our findings, the dentist will determine your treatment plan and schedule your next appointment to begin your dental care. As part of your personal treatment plan, your dentist and hygienist will work closely with you on a preventive program to minimize costly dental problems in the future.
A comprehensive oral examination is performed to determine any changes in the patient’s dental or medical health status since a previous examination.
To ensure a smooth visit, please come at least 15 minutes before your appointment time to register. Upon arrival, proceed to the respective clinic where our counter staff will assist you with the registration procedures.
What To Bring
Please bring as much information about your dental insurance with you as possible. You will need to know the policy holder name, the policy, plan or group number as well as the individual policy holder ID number. Also don’t forget to bring the birthdates of both spouses and all dependants covered by the policies.
Our administrative staff will need this information for all your dental plans (both primary and secondary – that is to say your plan and your spouses plan, or both parents’ plans).
If you have any questions or concerns about what to bring please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Medical Information: Please bring the name, address and phone number of your current medical doctor and any specialists who are treating you. Please also have with you a list of medications you are taking, both prescription and non-prescription medications.
One of the most common questions we are asked by new patients who are scheduling their first appointment is – “What do I need to bring from my previous dentist?” It is best to let us call your previous dentist’s office to find out what x-rays they have on file and when they were taken. If the x-rays are outdated we will not ask to have them released to our office. A lot of the time a patient will be asked to sign a release form to allow the previous dental office to forward the x-rays; this is required under the Health Information Act of Alberta.
During your dental examination with All Stars Dental, our dentist will look for early signs of oral cancer and many other diseases. Our dentist will also look for gum disease, cavities, eroded fillings, tooth fractures, and oral infections. Our dentist is trained to catch small problems before they become big ones, and can often treat a problem right away.
Remember to tell the dentist about any changes in your teeth such as: changes in colour, position, soreness or looseness. Make sure to point out any changes in your gums such as; changes in colour, tenderness or bleeding when you brush and floss, if your floss catches or shreds when you are flossing.
If you are nervous about your examination, tell the dentist. Even people who visit the dentist on a regular basis sometimes get “butterflies in the stomach.” Our dentist has many ways to help you relax.
- After the Examination: Follow-up Appointment: After the session with your dentist, our staff will arrange for your follow-up appointment that best meets your needs and your doctor’s instructions. The date and time of the next appointment will be indicated on your appointment card. Do remember to bring this card with you at the next visit.