Are you visiting Valley Dental Works for the first time? People often dread going to the dentist even when it’s not their first time, and the first time in particular can be especially daunting. To prepare yourself, it can be helpful to know exactly what to expect.

What to Expect During Your First Dental Visit

During the first dental visit, Dr. Miller will review the patient’s medical history, including current medical conditions, medications they are currently taking, recent procedures, and any allergies. He will discuss how certain medications might affect oral health.

The patient will have time to talk about any dental-health and cosmetic dental issues they would like to discuss. X-rays of the teeth will be taken.

Dr. Miller will perform an examination to assess the condition of the teeth, gums, and soft tissues of the mouth. This will include evaluating the need for tooth replacement or restoration, evaluating the risk of tooth and root decay, and looking for signs and symptoms of gum or bone diseases.

He will check for bite and jaw problems such as jaw alignment and will assess the need for fluoride. He will also examine prosthetic replacements such as dentures or bridges and will discuss any need for adjustments.

Towards the end of the dental appointment, Dr. Miller will recommend treatments if he finds any complications in oral health. He will also discuss preventive measures to protect and improve the patient’s dental health. Based on the treatment needed and the dental health of the patient, Dr. Miller may recommend a follow-up visit.

A dental hygienist will then perform a cleaning, removing any stains or deposits on the teeth such as plaque or tartar. In total, the visit should only take around 90 minutes at most.

Why Should One Visit a Dentist Regularly?

Regular dental examinations are a crucial aspect of preventive health care. There are many benefits to visiting the dentist regularly:

  • A thorough cleaning helps to remove the buildup of tartar and plaque.
  • It helps to protect oral health, which in turn can affect the overall wellbeing of a person. Signs and symptoms of certain systemic diseases show up in the mouth first. Early detection of such diseases helps in early treatment.
  • It helps to diagnose dental issues that do not show signs until it is too late.
  • Oral care becomes easier, helping the patient avoid oral issues such as abscess, tumors, and cysts.
  • Visiting a dentist every three to six months helps avoid new dental issues that could otherwise result in constant visits and treatments.

Finding the Right Dentist for You

Finding a good dentist can be a difficult and intimidating task. As a patient, it is important to find a dentist you are comfortable with, someone who is trustworthy and puts you at ease. It can help to speak to your friends and family regarding recommendations.

Dr. Dan Miller is a skilled and well-respected cosmetic dentist with results that you can trust. The best way to decide on whether or not Dr. Miller is the right dentist for you is by scheduling a consultation. Contact our office today to get started.