What to Expect at Your First Visit with a New Dentist

Going to a new dentist is always a little nerve wracking. You probably made your appointment via a phone call or an email, so the day of your appointment will probably be the first time you walk into the office of your new dentist. Make sure you find out a general idea of how long the appointment will take and the approximate cost of a new patient appointment before you arrive.

It is a good idea to arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled appointment with the dentist. Our waiting room is comfortable, and you will need time to fill out a complete medical questionnaire. Be prepared to list any medicines you regularly take, as well as any illnesses you are being treated for or major surgeries you have had in the past.

Here are some things you should expect from the dentist or dental assistant during your first visit:

  • Meet your hygienist and dentist. This is an important opportunity to discuss any anxiety you have about being at the dentist or negative dental experience you have had in the past.
  • A visual check of your teeth and gums will be the first step of your dental exam.
  • If you are having a cleaning performed, that will generally be done by the hygienist.
  • A dental chart will be created for you, which notes any teeth you are missing, as well as previous dental work like fillings, bridges, crowns, etc. If there are any areas of current concern, those will also be noted.
  • The dental probe will be used to check for any signs of decay.
  • X-rays will give a more complete picture of your dental well-being.