When you walk through the front door of Dr. Green's dental practice you will notice the absence of a front desk.
We greet all of our new guests face-to-face, not from behind a cluttered desk or glass wall.
This feature of our dental practice eliminates distraction "at the front" and gives you privacy during any one-on-one time with your new patient coordinator.
Exceptional New Patient Dental Experience
Your new patient dental experience will start in our consultation room. 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 meet your goals.
We will then begin with your comprehensive dental exam which will include digital photos and digital x-rays, 3D x-ray, and/or intra-oral high definition scans.
Dr. Green will then complete six comprehensive oral health screenings so that she can get an accurate assessment of your current oral condition.
Medical History and Risk Assessment
When you see us at Springfield Smile Doctor, we examine your health history and any medications you might be on. This step is crucial because dental problems, such as gum disease, can affect other health issues and the other way around. We want to find out about any possible concerns in advance. Also, some medicines can change things in your mouth, making you more likely to have dental problems. That's why we need to know about any medications you're taking.
Oral Cancer Screening
Our second screening is one we consider EXTREMELY important — the head and neck cancer screening. † 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 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. See more from the Oral Cancer Foundation
TMJ and Occlusal (The way your teeth bite together) Screening
In our third examination, we check your jaw joints, teeth, and muscles to ensure they all work together smoothly. Various signs and symptoms can appear when your teeth don't align properly with your joints and muscles. These issues, known as occlusal disease, can involve teeth grinding, clenching, tooth fractures, sensitivity, jaw popping, and pain or migraine headaches. We look for these TMJ/TMD problems during our screenings.
In our fourth examination, as you've likely come to expect during your dental visits, we assess all of your teeth and any previous dental procedures you've undergone. Our goal is to confirm the absence of dental disease and the ongoing effectiveness of your prior dental work. Occasionally, problems such as dental decay and the deterioration of past dental work might not trigger immediate discomfort. Often, tooth pain signals more advanced dental issues that could have been addressed if detected early. Our objective is to support our patients in averting discomfort and addressing concerns promptly, preserving optimal oral health.
Periodontal (Gum Health) Screening
Our fifth screening is one that you might have experienced before, and it's equally significant as cancer screening, as periodontal disease has links to certain cancers. This screening assesses your gum tissues and the supportive structures around your teeth to ensure no hidden disease. Periodontal disease is a silent condition akin to high blood pressure, where symptoms are unlikely, and you might not even realize you have it. We aim to detect gum disease in its early stages, allowing us to address it using non-surgical laser therapy. Without intervention, this disease can eventually lead to tooth loss, possibly affecting some or all of your teeth. Additionally, gum disease can worsen other health issues like diabetes and heart disease.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dr. Randi Green conducts comprehensive sleep apnea screenings to address the common sleep disorder affecting millions of Americans, with over 25 million adults estimated to be affected by obstructive sleep apnea. Through her screenings, Dr. Green helps patients understand their sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome, offering insights into treatment options and emphasizing the mouth-body connection's importance. Explore how Dr. Green can improve your sleep quality and overall well-being with our screening services.
What do you want from your dental experience?
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.
Your first visit with Dr. Randi Green and her team 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 the roadmap to meet your goals.
Whole health dentistry, including your oral health and smile, are paramount to your overall health.
After this assessment, you will then meet with our hygienist for a jump-start comprehensive cleaning and to make a plan for how to best take care of your teeth and gums.
“What was very impressive was the genuineness of Dr. Green and her staff. They verbalized everything, I knew at all times what was going on. They specialize in my condition, TMJ, and I felt understood. I’m actually looking forward to my next visit, which has never happened before. I was offered lots of things to make me comfortable—music of my choice, a blanket, beverages, etc. That was impressive also! Thank you, Dr. Green and Springfield Smile Doctor! Rhonda P. via Google ★★★★★
Cosmetic Dentistry and TMJ therapy are non-specialty interest areas that require no specific educational training to advertise this service. Dr. Green is a General Dentist with hundreds of hours of post-graduate continuing education. Dentists' in this practice are not licensed in Missouri as specialists in the advertised dental specialty of orthodontics. Professional portraits by About Faces Photography in Springfield, Missouri.