Finding a new good family dentist can be a daunting experience. You want to locate the right dental clinic with board-certified dentists you can trust and support staff that will make you feel welcome and help you stay on top of your appointments and dental needs. If you live or work in the Buxton, Maine area, then we’re pretty confident that the Tory Hill Dental team will not only meet those expectations but exceed them too. And if you’ve scheduled your first dental appointment with the Tory Hill Dental team, we can assure you that you’re on the right path to protect your oral health.

Preparing for Your First Dental Appointment at Tory Hill Dental

You have scheduled your first dental appointment in Buxton, ME. We will gauge your overall oral health with an exhaustive oral evaluation during your first appointment. And after you complete your medical/dental health intake form, we will ask you to tell us your goals for your teeth, gums, and smile. We’ll take digital photos and X-rays of your teeth to ascertain if there are areas of decay, cracked teeth, or restorations in need of repair. We want to preserve as many of your teeth as possible. So, catching tooth decay in its earliest stages is paramount. Finally, we will also assess your gums to recommend the appropriate dental hygiene regimen and treatment for you.

Now that you know what to expect, it’s time to prepare for your first dental appointment to ensure that you can maximize the visit. We have put together a list of what you should expect at your first appointment and what you should prepare ahead of time.

1. Prepare your paperwork.

To provide you with the best dental care possible, we will want access to your previous dental records. This might mean that you need to make a phone call or two to previous dentists so that they can send those records our way. Don’t worry; this is pretty commonplace, and your previous dentist will tell you what you need to do to get the documents to us. And, if you have taken earlier steps to organize your family dental care, this process will be more accessible than ever.

In addition to sending us previous dental records, note any medications you are taking and any illnesses that we should be aware of. The more we know about your overall health, the better. Sometimes, we adjust your dental treatment based on your overall health and medications, so make sure that we are in the know.

2. Expect a warm greeting.

Don’t fret; we’re not Olaf, and we won’t greet you with a warm hug. But, you can anticipate a friendly welcome and bright smiles from our staff. Not only do we want you to feel welcome and that you belong, but our team is genuinely excited to see you, and we believe you’ll feel it the moment you walk in our doors.

3. Experience the latest digital imaging and dental technology.

Dr. Miedema and her team continuously research the latest trends in dental technology to find the solutions that best promote your overall health, safety, and comfort. Incorporating the latest dental technology ensures comfort, efficiency, and accuracy. For example, we use digital X-rays, resulting in less radiation exposure for our patients and an almost instantaneous picture for our dentists. With our intraoral camera, you see what Dr. Miedema sees so that you have a greater understanding of your oral health.

Digital photography gives Dr. Miedema instant images for cosmetic imaging or keeping on file to track your progress. We use the E4D to create inlays/onlays, crowns, veneers, and more, and we do it all right in our dental office, so you don’t have to worry about crossing town for another appointment. We love the dental technology available to us, and we think you’ll appreciate the added comfort that you experience in the dental chair as a result.

4. Anticipate a thorough dental exam.

You can expect a thorough dental exam at your first dental appointment with Dr. Miedema and at each one after that. Not only will we discuss your dental and medical history with you, but we will also do a disease screening. An extraoral examination of your head and neck will give us visibility of your oral soft tissues so that we can identify TMJ disorder, oral cancer, or gum disease.

The oral examination and screening will include a complete tooth decay check, a review of existing dental work, and a bite evaluation. And of course, we’ll also discuss future treatment recommendations and options with you.

5. Leave with a shiny smile after your professional tooth cleaning.

Last but not least, we will conduct a professional tooth cleaning. This process will consist of plaque and tartar removal, deep cleaning and polishing, professional flossing, rinsing, and fluoride treatment. Finally, Dr. Miedema will come in to do a final review of your teeth to make sure that nothing has been missed. When you leave our offices, you will know that no stone has been left unturned and that we have both your oral health and overall health top of mind.

Haven’t scheduled your first dental appointment with Tory Hill Dental? What are you waiting for?

We want the scheduling process to be easy for our patients. For this reason, there are various convenient ways to set up an appointment with Dr. Miedema. You can call our office directly at (207) 929-6626, request an appointment online, or email us at info@toryhilldental.com. It’s so easy to schedule an appointment that you’ll be wondering why you waited so long. And whichever scheduling method is best for you, the Tory Hill Dental team will help you get your appointment on the books.

We look forward to hearing from you!