First Dental Office 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 from the start puts you at your ease and helps us to work towards achieving your dental goals.


A typical first visit involves a comprehensive exam and diagnosis, which takes about an hour. Prior to your visit, please take the time to fill out a new patient form and bring it with you along with a list of any current medications. After chatting about your concerns and any questions you may have, your dentist will perform a thorough check of your teeth and gums. This is to check for signs of wear, cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease. In order to spot any potential issues with other conditions such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes, your dentist will also check your cheeks and tongue for sores, lesions or irregularities. A cleaning may also be done at your first visit and this is carried out by the dentist or a dental hygienist. Once plaque and tartar have been removed, your teeth may be polished to buff out surface stains and you will have a round of flossing. Sometimes a flouride treatment is also applied to the teeth, either as a rinse or directly as a paste. After your appointment we’ll book you in for another check-up in six months or schedule an earlier appointment if there are other issues or cosmetic concerns you wish to address. If your first visit is an emergency dental visit, we will see you as soon as possible. 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.


Discovery Dental Group provides Missoula residents with the most up to date digital dental imaging services. Regular dental x-rays are necessary to identify problems such as cavities in hidden areas of the tooth’s surface, impacted teeth, infections and more. These modern digital x-rays are very low in radiation, making them a safe and effective tool in the care of your teeth. If, as an adult, you have had dental x-rays taken in the last five years, you may request that your previous dentist send them to our office via mail or email.


Good oral health can start as soon as that first tooth comes through. Scheduling your child’s regular six month dental visits will put them on the fast track to healthy teeth and gums for life. It’s never too early to get into good habits so bring your baby in to see us when that initial tooth pops up or by their first birthday, whichever happens first. Discovery Dental Group welcomes families from Missoula and surrounding areas to our professional and friendly office and will ensure that your child’s dental experiences will always be positive. To schedule your first appointment with Discovery Dental Group, submit your request via our online form or call 406.549.5861. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice!