We encourage all new patients to fill out the following forms online prior to their first visit:
REGISTRATION FORM & MEDICAL HISTORY
If you do not fill these out in advance, electronic copies are available at our office. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to appointment time to complete these forms.
Let’s find an appointment that truly fits your schedule.
We recommend restorative procedures be scheduled before 1PM for younger children. This may include fillings with or without the use of Nitrous Oxide.
We recommend preventative procedures be scheduled in the morning. We find younger children have better overall experiences at this time of day.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should I show up early to fill out forms?
Yes. We are all electronic and you're encouraged to show up a few minutes early to fill out our Intake Forms via tablet.
How often do you perform x-rays?
Bitewing x-rays are taken yearly to check in between the teeth for cavities. A panoramic x-ray is taken every 3-5 years, depending on necessity. A full mouth series is taken when a child has all permanent teeth, and then every 5 years.
Should my child be using flouride?
There are two forms of fluoride: Systemic and Topical. Systemic fluorides are the drops, pills, and water fluoridation that is ingested and helps to protect the unerupted teeth. We limit prescribing systemic fluoride unless a huge need for it. Our theory is that the less we put in the body, the better. A child may be getting fluoride from other sources, and we don’t want to give them too much. Topical fluorides are the pastes, rinses, and gels that protect the teeth in the mouth. These are safe for children who are able to spit the extra fluoride out instead of swallowing it.
Will you seal a tooth after placing a filling?
No. The filling material will replace the sealant, and works by sealing the rest of that tooth’s surface. However; be aware that the tooth can develop a new cavity on a different surface, or on that same surface, if proper oral hygiene and nutrition are not followed.
What is the difference between a filling and a sealant?
A sealant is placed on a perfectly healthy tooth, for the purpose of preventing decay. A filling, on the other hand, is placed on a tooth that has decay. The materials are not the same but and the procedure is the same as is the general appearance of the end-product.
How long should appointments take?
Typical cleanings are 45 minutes, unless we plan on doing a full mouth x-ray, in which case we'll need 1 hour. Ortho appointments are 45 minutes, unless told otherwise. If an appointment involves using nitrous oxide, you can expect your appointment to be at least 1 hour long.
What are your holiday hours?
We are closed for the following 6 holidays:
New Year’s Day