Dentistry Best Practices
I’ve listed the things that we are trying to create in our office in the About Us section. Please visit and read if you haven’t already. We’re assuming that you are coming to us seeking the best treatment for your mouth. If this is the case, here is a list of four points you should remember (click to expand):
New patient exam
Don’t know what to expect? Here’s a summary.
For those new to the Barrie dentist office, your first appointment will be our opportunity to get to know each other. We get to know about your health and your mouth, and you get to know a bit more about us. When you arrive, this is what happens:
- You complete a health questionnaire
- We discuss your health, goals, and priorities.
- Photographs are taken as required.
- Radiographs (x-rays) are taken as required.
- We examine your mouth – this constitutes the largest portion of time. We examine outside the mouth (e.g.: jaw joints and lymph nodes), and inside (soft tissue pathology, oral hygiene, periodontal (gum) status, individual tooth health, as well as overall tooth-to-tooth alignment and function.)
- We will give you a summary of our findings, and make recommendations for treatment. Keep in mind that in comprehensive dentistry, the recommendations are not geared towards only immediate problems, but also to prevent future problems that we forecast are likely to occur.
We want you to feel that all your questions are answered, so please do not feel intimidated to ask. While we can’t predict the future with absolute certainty (I’d be playing the lottery for a living if we could), we will give you our best answers and advice.
IMPORTANT: If you have specific concerns about the appearance of teeth or missing teeth, feel free to download and complete our “Aesthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry Questionnaire” and bring it in to the office! It is critical information that we will use in planning your next steps (download below)
Any new patient to our office will be given this form; it is a first step towards a precise, accurate understanding of your oral status. Each of the questions must be answered carefully. This deceptively simple form enables us to identify, and focus on the priority areas in your mouth. If you suffer from jaw problems, this is also the form for you.
For those who have concerns about the appearance of their teeth or larger reconstructive needs, we have devised a multi-step process that helps guide you (and us) from start to finish. This .pdf download is step 1. If you’re looking at this, we probably asked you to download the form and complete it for us. If you’re curious, please ask us about it.