Your First Visit
Initial Comprehensive Exam
The first appointment begins with a personal meeting with Dr. Golia. We treat people, not patients. Developing a personal relationship is equally important as rendering clinical services.
Thereafter, a comprehensive examination takes place which includes a head and neck cancer screening, temporomandibular joint examination, and a detailed examination of the teeth, soft tissue, supporting structures, alignment, bite, and muscle tonicity. A complete set of digital radiographs are taken and models of your mouth are made, if necessary.
Based upon your periodontal health, you will be given a subsequent appointment of appropriate length for your teeth to be cleaned by our licensed dental hygienist. You will be informed of the latest theories and techniques for controlling dental disease.
All of the information gathered is compiled and evaluated, and a plan is drawn up to meet your immediate needs and long-term objectives. AII treatment options with cost estimates are discussed. We believe in firm mutual understanding as a basis for successful treatment.
Your Child’s First Visit
It is recommended that a child have their first dental check-up by the age of 2. Informing your child about their first dental visit is very helpful. At your child’s first visit, we will review the medical/dental health history form with you. We will get to know your child and help them to feel comfortable in the office by explaining what will happen during their visit, and showing them the tools and instruments we will use to help keep their smile healthy.
We encourage parents to accompany their child during their visit. This gives you an opportunity to see us working with your child and allows us to discuss dental findings and treatment needs directly with you. A thorough head and neck examination and evaluation of the teeth and gums are performed. Radiographs (x-rays) are taken only if necessary. If no treatment is needed, the teeth will be cleaned and a fluoride treatment will be provided.
When you come in for your initial visit please be sure to bring your dental insurance card and arrive early to fill out your initial paperwork if you have not already done so. We look forward to meeting you and your child for your first appointment!