At your first visit, Dr. Thompson will complete a comprehensive oral examination. This includes a complete review of your medical and dental history, all necessary x-rays and intraoral photos, study models if necessary, oral cancer screening, periodontal health evaluation, and examination of your teeth and soft tissues. Following this exam, Dr. Thompson will discuss his findings with you, develop a treatment plan that you are comfortable with, and answer any questions you may have. If a cleaning has been scheduled, this may take more than one appointment, depending on the following:
- The condition of your teeth and gums. This may be dependent on how long it has been since your last dental cleaning and exam. Occasionally, a new patient may have a heavy build-up of tartar above or beneath their gums which may require several appointments to properly remove.
- The need for x-rays and/or study models. Radiographs are a valuable tool our office utilizes to properly diagnose and treat your dental needs. Study models help Dr. Thompson to determine a treatment plan for future restorative care you may need.
- Any questions and/or concerns you may want to discuss with Dr. Thompson.
Please read the following page for more information. If you are covered by dental insurance, we will expect payment of your portion at the time of service unless prior arrangements are made. We also have a finance option available through CareCredit and will be glad to provide you with the information and how to apply.
In addition, please let us know if you require premedication before dental treatment (some heart conditions and new artificial joint placements require taking antibiotics before certain dental procedures). If needed, we can call this medication in to your preferred pharmacy prior to your initial visit.
Please contact your previous dental care provider(s) and have any recent x-rays sent to our office, as well as your last full mouth series and/or panorex radiographs. This will prevent unnecessary radiation exposure and costs to you. Please note that a full mouth series (and/or panorex) is generally taken only once every five years.
We ask that you make every effort to keep your appointments. Missing an appointment disrupts proper sequencing of care and delays completion of your treatment. If you should need to reschedule an appointment, please call us at least 24 hours prior to your visit.
Kindest regards and we look forward to seeing you!
James C. Thompson, Jr., DDS