Dentist accepting new patients in Bluffton SC
Your initial appointment will start with creation of a personal account with your demographic data and insurance information if applicable. A thorough medical history will be taken. An office tour is available if you wish. The next step will be determined by your needs. If you are in pain or have urgent dental needs, those will be addressed. If you are a new patient, a comprehensive examination consisting of an extraoral oral exam, soft tissue exam, oral cancer screening, full periodontal exam, and cavity check will be performed. Based upon the findings, your risk level, and any previous data we have, digital radiographs will be prescribed and taken. If there is a need for tooth replacement options, whitening, TMD therapy, or other more complex issues, then impressions of your teeth and gums will be made. Intraoral camera photos may be taken. A discussion of your goals and concerns will help determine the next course of action. Once all of the data is gathered we will likely formulate an immediate treatment plan for the next visit and dismiss you for the day. A separate treatment planning conference may be set-up to go over our findings, discuss treatment options, and to come up with an itemized, customized, and personalized treatment plan that we agree upon. Occasionally, treatment can be done or started the same day as the initial consultation. Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Any x-rays taken by a previous dentist, if applicable.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional x-rays are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.
X-rays are a major piece of data that is gathered at your initial examination. If you provide us with current readable x-rays, we typically will take new x-rays at no cost to you to get that perfect “snapshot” of your health the day you come in for your new patient exam. All new patients that are over 5 years of age should have at bare minimum a panoramic x-ray and bitewings. If there is extensive prior dental work, evidence of dental disease, or a need to see the front teeth in detail a full mouth series of x-rays is indicated. Most of my patients are either a panoramic and bitewings with possibly a select few periapical x-ray images, or a panoramic and full mouth series of x-rays. These guidelines are based upon the American Dental Association Guidelines from 2012 and clinical experience. Most insurance companies only pay for either a panoramic or a full mouth series of radiographs once every 3 to 5 years. This will mean, if you have a need for both, then there will be an out-of-pocket cost. We make every effort to make your comprehensive exam as accurate as possible and necessary x-rays are part of this accuracy. We strive to inform you of what is best for you and discuss the necessary radiographs and costs associated.
We offer complimentary Wi-Fi for our patients and their guests, please inquire with staff members for additional assistance.