Oral Health Guide

It is common for patients to remain with the same dentist for a long time once they become comfortable. However, under specific circumstances, such as moving to a new neighborhood, people have to find new doctors. Many people feel apprehensive about searching for a new dentist that perfectly suits their needs, but at Quail Hollow Family Dentistry we understand your concerns and have prepared a guide to your first visit to our clinic.

Smile Reminders

It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment. But now we'll remind you with a "Smile Reminder" via email or text message, and even provide driving directions if it's your initial visit. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!

Smile Reminder Consent Form

Download the release of records consent form.

Records Release Form

Initial Consultation

The first step is to call our office and schedule an appointment. Consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist and get to know him/her better. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that we offer and how you can benefit from them.

Paperwork

If you are satisfied with our dentist after the first meeting, our team will assist in setting up an appointment. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out a new patient form along with providing your dental history and records. It is suggested that you come in at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to fill these forms. If you prefer to fill out this form online, please click the following link:

New Patient Form

This paperwork mostly comes in two categories both of which need to be properly completed. The first one requires your personal details. In this form, you have to fill in personal information such as your name, age, marital status, income range, home address, etc. You will also be required to complete a medical history form. In this form, you must provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and details about dental insurance coverage, policy, and provider.

It is imperative for you to be precise in answering all the questions as any wrong answer could impact your future treatment.

Our office also provides you with the choice of filling the forms before coming to the clinic. This means that you can visit our website and fill out the enrollment form online. This saves you time and ensures you a hassle-free appointment scheduling and an efficient and effective visit. You can download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information would be stored in our database and will be evaluated prior to your session.

Comprehensive Exam

After reviewing your dental health history, our dentist will examine your gums, teeth, and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is performed to study the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the thorough cleaning of the teeth, mouth and gums.

Our dentist will carefully look for any sensitivity, decay, and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination, and explain the procedure to you, accordingly. Even though our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled, he might still ask you questions about your teeth while examining them. This is fairly common in the case our dentist sees anything unusual or something which was not mentioned in the forms.

X-Ray

As part of the comprehensive exam, our dentist takes a series of X-rays of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the condition of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. The panoramic radiograph is a common type of dental X-rays as they provide our dentist a broad view of the teeth and jaw. More detailed X-rays, periapical and bitewing radiographs, are taken to focus more precisely on the individual teeth.

Although believed to be a lengthy process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe. Our dentist and staff will guide you through the simple procedure. Only the mouth will be scanned by the machine, while the rest of the body is protected from the X-rays with a lined apron that will cover it.

Post Examination Discussion

After the dental exam, our dentist will discuss your results with you. Our dentist will guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that he may have found in your mouth. He may also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic. our dentist will suggest and explain to you the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for your specific needs and will customize it to fit your requirements. Our main goal is to help you maintain good oral health and solve all of your dental issues.

You will receive the total cost of the particular procedure and can discuss a payment plan accordingly.

Follow-Up Appointment

Once you have met with our dentist and discussed possible treatments you may require, then a follow-up session will be arranged for you according to your availability. During these follow-up sessions, your teeth will be cleaned and prepared for any forthcoming treatments.

It is highly recommended that you visit our clinic for at least two follow up sessions within a single year. This will help prevent the development of oral diseases, tooth decay, and cavities. Over the course of these follow-up visits, teeth cleaning and further treatment are performed to keep your teeth in their best condition.

Our dentist and staff are here waiting for you and will answer any questions you might have. Your smile will be in good hands. Call us at 901-767-3020 to schedule an appointment today!