Your initial appointment will usually be in one of three different categories:
1.) General new patient exam. You are looking for a new dentist and have chosen us. You may or may not have specific concerns, but are not in pain and do not have what you would consider an emergency. Your first visit will consist of a 45 minute appointment with Dr Gorman who will do a complete oral exam including charted periodontal assessment, clinical charting of all your teeth and existing restorations, temporo-mandibular (jaw) joint exam, occlusal exam and oral cancer exam. A full set of radiographs is generally recommended unless you have a set that is less than two years old, which you should bring with you or arrange to have sent in advance. If you are due for a dental hygiene visit, an extra hour will be reserved for you to have your teeth cleaned by the hygienist. Dr Gorman will review the findings with you and discuss a tentative treatment plan, which will be finalized after radiographs are reviewed.
2.) You have a dental emergency; either you are in pain or have an immediate cosmetic or restorative need, i.e. a chipped front tooth or a crown has come off. Dr Gorman will evaluate only that problem and every attempt will be made to correct it that day. You can then return for a general new patient exam.
3.) You want a second opinion. If this is the case, it would help if you could bring recent radiographs and any written treatment plans you have received from the other dentist you have seen. Or a “blind” opinion can be given, which means you do not divulge the previous advice you have been given, and just want another unbiased opinion. Recent radiographs are very helpful. Second opinions can be given without radiographs, but it will be a qualified opinion, not a complete one.
All initial visits will also include a review of your medical history, medications, and prior dental history. Any specific concerns you have will be addressed.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your initial visit:
- Any radiographs taken by another dentist within the previous two years, if available.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have dental insurance, bring the card or a completed form. We will enter the information in our computer and file the claim electronically for you.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the initial visit.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment, especially any joint or organ replacement or implanted medical devices, pregnancy, or if you are currently taking medication for anti-coagulation (blood thinners) or are undergoing chemotherapy. If you are not comfortable discussing this with the person making the appointment for you, please ask to have Dr Gorman call you to discuss it personally with him prior to your appointment.