We are pleased that you have chosen our Granada Hills dental office to care for your smile. Here, we want to discuss what you can expect during your first visit with our friendly team.
You probably have a good idea of what takes place when you visit the dentist. When you arrive in our office, you will be greeted by a member of our staff, who will check you in and review any questions pertaining to your insurance or payment methods.
A dental assistant will bring you to the back office, where we will take x-rays as needed to observe all areas of your mouth. X-rays help us see small problems on teeth, as well as below the gum line. Following this aspect of your intake, our hygienist will clean your teeth for you while you sit back and relax. Finally, a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and other soft oral tissues will be performed by your dentist.
The comprehensive dental exam performed in our Granada Hills office also involves gentle palpation and observation of tissues along parts of your head and neck. This step alerts your dentist of any swelling or excessive dryness that could indicate oral cancer or another potential problem related to oral health. This head and neck examination also enable us to ensure that the joints and muscles of your jaw are functioning as they should; not sticking or clicking while you chew or speak.
What you Want to Discuss with your Dentist
You are an integral part of your visits to our Granada Hills practice! We want to know what you are experiencing, and also how you feel about dentistry. Your first visit is crucial to the development of our ongoing professional relationship, and we want to get to know your needs and your medical and dental history, your concerns, and your preferences related to dental care. If you have any questions, please ask us. Also, if you do not feel completely comfortable with dental treatments, let us know so we may discuss the value of sedation dentistry if this is your preference.
It is our hope to create a strong and trusting relationship with you that will enable you to avoid stressful dental problems. If you have yet to schedule your first appointment with us, you may do so by calling (818) 900-2800.