Your first visit to the office typically includes digital low radiation x-ray's that allows the doctor and hygienist to view the teeth, the jaw, and the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.
The initial visit also involves getting your medical history. When you share your medical history with the doctor, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform your dentist if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill. Also tell the office the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking — whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of your physician. Inform the office of any changes in your health or medications. This information will help the doctor to select the most safe and effective method of treatment for you.
We will evaluate your dental needs, and discuss any follow-up treatment with you in detail, including the cost for your particular case.
Regular checkup appointments typically take 30 to 40 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.
We encourage regular checkups for individuals age three and up. Most people find that it is valuable to have a checkup at least every six months.
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning and an oral exam. During the oral exam, Dr. Kraman and the hygienist checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, we perform an evaluation of old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.