Your first dental visit will be over an hour of undivided attention with the smile team.
We understand it's important that you feel comfortable with your choice of dentist in Springfield.
As with any new relationship, getting to know one another is the first step in determining whether or not our dental practice will be a good 'fit' for you.
Your first visit will start in our consultation room where Rene or Daniel, our New Patient Coordinators will sit down and talk with you. It is very important for us to get to know you, hear about your past dental experiences, and most importantly learn what you want from your dental treatment. This begins the process for us to determine how we can help you. We will then begin with your exam which will include digital photos and digital x-rays, 3D x-ray or intra-oral high definition scans. Dr. Green will then complete 5 comprehensive oral health screenings so we can get an accurate assessment of your current oral condition.
Medical History and Risk Assessment
We start with an overall assessment of your health history as well as any medications you may be taking. Dental problems such as periodontal disease can make other systemic conditions worse and vice versa, so we like to identify any underlying concerns ahead of time. Also, medications can change the environment of your mouth making you more susceptible to dental problems, so its important for us to know this as well.
- Oral Cancer Screening
Our second screening is one we consider EXTREMELY important — the head and neck cancer screening. 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Our role as your oral health specialist is to screen for head and neck cancer routinely. Survival rates are high when these types of cancer are caught early.
- TMJ and Occlusal (The way your teeth bite together) Screening
Our third screening assesses your jaw joints, teeth, and muscles to make sure they are all working in harmony together. When the teeth do not fit together in a position that coordinates with joint and muscle stability, all sorts of signs and symptoms can appear. Grinding, tooth fractures, tooth sensitivity, jaw popping and jaw pain are just a few of the TMJ/TMD issues for which we screen.
- Restorative Screening
Our fourth screening is one that you have come to expect from your dentist. We take a look at all of your teeth as well as any previous dental work you have had done. Our goal is to make sure there is no dental disease present and all of your existing dental work is still serving you well. Dental decay and broken down dentistry can often go unnoticed by a patient because teeth often do not hurt. In fact, pain in the teeth is usually a sign of advanced dental disease that could have been prevented if addressed early. We aim to help our patients avoid pain and address any problems as early as possible and keep their mouths healthy.
- Periodontal Screening
Our final screening is one that you have hopefully had before. We consider it to be just as important as the cancer screening as periodontal disease has been linked to some cancers. This screening assesses your gum tissues and other supporting structures of the teeth to make sure there is no underlying disease. Periodontal disease is a silent disease, meaning that like high blood pressure, you will most likely have no symptoms and not even be aware of your condition. Studies show up to 80% of the adult population has some form of periodontal disease. Our goal is to identify the presence of periodontal disease in the early stages where we can address it through non-surgical laser therapy. If left untreated, periodontal disease can eventually lead to loss of some, if not all teeth. It also increases the severity of other health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Green and the team will review the photographs, x-rays, scans and other findings with you and address any concerns. After reviewing your forms, listening to what you want, and examining your mouth, problems and solutions will begin to present themselves as we look at your photographs together.
You will then meet with our hygienist, Jyssica, for a jump-start cleaning and a plan of how to best take care of your teeth and gums. She will be your coach to help you maintain a healthy mouth. Read her blog about the importance of gum health and if Kissing Your partner with Bleeding Gums Spread Gum Disease.
Your first visit with Dr. Randi Green will be over an hour of our undivided attention. Whether the two of you decide to work together or not, you will leave your consultation with a clear understanding of what is going on in your mouth. Your oral health and smile are paramount to your overall health.