WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST VISIT/CHECKUP?

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE MADE A WISE DECISION AND TAKEN THE FIRST STEP TOWARD GOOD ORAL HEALTH, WHICH CONTRIBUTES TO YOUR OVERALL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.

Our friendly front office staff will greet you and help you finish any paperwork that you were not able to complete ahead of time. They’ll also answer any questions you have, show you around the office, introduce you to the staff, and make you comfortable.
 
 
One of our dental technicians will escort you to a treatment room seat you in a dental chair and point out the devices and features of the room. He or she will ask you if you are currently experiencing any pain or dental problems, then place a lead apron over your body and take a full set of diagnostic x-rays. When the x-rays are ready, Dr. Goldberg will review them with you on the digital screen next to the chair. He will tell you what he sees and discuss your dental history along with any problems or concerns you may have.

Dr. Goldberg will then begin a clinical examination, during which he will physically examine and make notes about the condition of each of your teeth and any dental work already present. He will take intraoral digital pictures of your mouth for comparison over time, and he may use the Soprolight system or other technologies described elsewhere on this web site to detect cavities that might be missed by the naked eye.

Next, Dr. Goldberg will perform a soft tissue evaluation and cancer screening. He will examine your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and the soft palate at the floor of your mouth, looking for any discoloration, swelling, tumors, or other abnormalities.
 
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The doctor will then perform an occlusal assessment. He will check to see if your bite is out of alignment, which may cause unusual wear on the teeth, and many other problems that may need to be addressed.
 
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Next, the periodontal evaluation uses a probe, inserted into the gums along each side of each tooth to determine the health of your gums and the presence of any periodontal disease requiring immediate attention. Dr. Goldberg records each of these readings to provide a baseline report about the state of your gums that will be compared to future examinations.
Dr. Goldberg will end the exam by providing personalized hygiene instructions, such as brushing and flossing techniques tailored to your unique dental situation. He will also discuss anything he has found during the exam and talk to you about future treatments or procedures that might be necessary.
 
Finally, the dental technician will clean and polish your teeth, removing any plaque and food particles that may be trapped between your teeth. You’ll leave the treatment room feeling fresh and clean, but more importantly, you will know the current state of your oral health and will have begun a process that will help maintain good health throughout your life.