What to Expect
Our practice is committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, high quality dental care. We understand that you, or your child, may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to your needs, and it is our goal to make you feel comfortable visiting our practice while providing you with the best care possible.
Your first visit is all about you – your comfort, your happiness, and your health.
At Marion Dental Associates, we strive to make every dental visit a great experience, starting with your first one. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Plan to spend between 60 to 90 minutes in our office. You will receive a comprehensive oral examination and the digital x-rays necessary to help assess your oral health. Your dentist and dental hygienist will look for signs of:
- Tooth decay
- Bone loss
- Oral cancer
- Periodontal (gum) disease
Depending on your age, risks of disease and symptoms, your dentist may recommend Digital x-rays. They can help us to diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, including impacted teeth, decay between the teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, damage to jawbones, and bone loss. Digital x-ray equipment has the benefit of an 80% to 90% reduction in radiation compared to traditional film x-rays used by many other offices. Each of our exam rooms offer the capability to view the x-rays on a flat panel video monitor — allowing you to have an active role in the decisions pertaining to your oral health.
Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening exam is an important part of the comprehensive oral evaluation. You can expect an examination of your head and neck area, and the soft tissues of the mouth including the tongue, inside of the lips and cheeks, and the floor and roof of mouth.
A Customized Treatment Plan for You
Based on the clinical findings of your initial examination, your dental team will develop a personal treatment plan for you. It will specify the type of cleaning and additional visits you might need, and will include recommendations for home care products.
We do NOT employ high pressure sales tactics. Your dental team will review your treatment plan options and begin treatment only after obtaining your consent. Take as long as you need to make any decisions.
What to Bring to Your First Appointment
Please remember to bring these with you to your first appointment:
- dental insurance card, if applicable
- photo ID card
- completed new patient forms
New Patient Forms
To get started, we will need information about you. Please download and complete the forms below and bring them to your first visit. If you cannot complete these forms prior to your first visit, please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time to fill them out.
New Patient Form – Adult
New Patient Form – Child
We dedicate time in our office to spend with you for your dental appointment. If you find it necessary to cancel, please provide a 24-hour advance notice to help us accommodate our other patients. Without proper notice, you may be charged a fee which is subject to change without notice.