First Appointment

Our Burlington dentist will require some basic personal information for your first appointment. Along with the obvious information–full name, address, contact numbers, date of birth – please bring your SIN and/or driver’s license.

When you arrive you will be asked to fill out some forms which will be placed in your chart. Included in these forms are questions pertaining to your previous dental treatment (e.g., date of last treatment) as well as your current dental status (e.g., specific pain/discomfort or concerns). A review of your medical history as well as current health is an important part of your chart. If you are taking any medications, we will need to know the names as well as the dosages.

If you have dental insurance, you will have to provide the specifics such as policy number, group number, and employer. You may have been given a booklet which describes your coverage–bring that along also so we can assist you in understanding your coverage. Although it is your responsibility to know your dental insurance coverage, we do make every effort to assist you in understanding your dental coverage.

In general, routine dental care is safe for pregnant patients. However, due to the need to maintain the safety of the fetus, all proposed treatment to the mother must be carefully planned. Our Burlington dentist will advise you as it relates to what stage you are in your pregnancy.
The first appointment is essentially an information-gathering appointment. In order for our Burlington dentist to generate a treatment plan customized to your dental needs, he/she needs to complete a comprehensive examination. You can expect to be in the dental office for one to one and a half hours. Our Burlington dentist will use all of the information gathered to generate a treatment plan based on your dental needs. The treatment plan will be reviewed with you either at the end of this appointment or during a separate appointment, depending on the complexity.
There are many medical conditions that require special consideration in the delivery of dental treatment. Due to the potential for adverse drug interactions, we need to know the medications all patients are taking, prescriptions or otherwise. We need to be certain that any drugs or treatment that we administer will not interact adversely with your medications and cause you undue harm.
X-rays are used only when necessary to ensure that your examination is thorough. In our office, we use digital x-rays sensors which will reduce radiation by 70% versus film based x-rays.
Only the dentist has the medical knowledge, skill, and diagnostic capabilities to effectively provide a full oral health assessment. This is critical to patient safety because many patients have pre-existing medical conditions or are taking medications that must be considered before any treatment is performed. Patients’ needs must be assessed by a dentist prior to any invasive treatment below the gum line, including root planing and scaling, duties that are generally assigned to dental hygienists.

The current clinical model where dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other office staff work as a team in one location is critical for patient safety and provides the most cost-effective, efficient, convenient and accessible system for patients in need of oral health care services. Dental hygienists are usually the team members who complete the root planing and scaling of teeth of our patients.

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to bring along someone who can translate for you effectively. We will not commence with dental treatment until we are certain that you understand the diagnosis, the treatment options, the risks and benefits, as well as your financial obligation.

Radiographs (X-Rays)

Radiographic or x-ray examinations provide your Burlington dentist with an important tool that shows the condition of your teeth, its roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones. X-rays can pin point the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through a visual examination.
No. Your radiographic schedule is based on the dentist’s assessment of your individual needs, including whether you are a new patient or a follow-up patient, adult or child.
There are two types of x-rays taken in the dental office. The first is a panoramic x-ray which allows your Burlington dentist to see the entire structure of your mouth in a single image. Within one large file, panoramic radiographs reveal all of your upper and lower teeth and parts of your jaw. The second type of x-ray is isolated to viewing a few teeth in one part of your mouth, commonly called a “bitewing” or a “PA”.
All health care providers are sensitive to patients’ concerns about exposure to radiation. Your Burlington dentist has been trained to prescribe radiographs whey they are appropriate and to tailor radiographic schedules to each patients’ individual needs. By staying knowledgeable about recent advances, your Burlington dentist knows which techniques, procedures and x-rays films can minimize your exposure to radiation. With Digital x-ray sensors, the amount of radiation is reduced even further by up to 70%.

Sources:
http://www.cda-adc.ca