First Visit

Dentist in Missoula First Dental Visit

Your first visit to Discovery Dental Group is the most important one. Establishing a good relationship of trust is important to achieving our common goals.

For some patients, the first visit is an emergency or a specific urgent concern. Of course, we will attend to the emergency situation first and make you comfortable.

If there is not an immediate concern, the first visit typically involves a comprehensive exam and diagnosis. This takes approximately one hour. This time is necessary to accomplish several goals. After chatting and understanding your concerns as a patient, we will review your medical and dental histories. It is important that you be prepared to provide a complete list of medications.The appropriate forms may be downloaded on our website.

Necessary dental images, and in some cases, models will be made. Dr. Green will then do a thorough evaluation of your oral health. This will include an examination of all of the “soft tissues” including an oral cancer screening and evaluation of the supporting gums. Each tooth will be examined for decay or defective restorations.

A cleaning may also be done at your first visit. Depending on how recently you’ve had a cleaning and the condition of your teeth and gums, we may recommend further preventative treatment.

IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years are considered minors and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at their initial visit.

X-Rays

If you have had dental x-rays taken in the last five years you may request that your previous dentist forward them to our office via mail or email. We offer the most up to date dental imaging when images are necessary to provide a current record of all conditions.