New Patient Guide When Visiting Our Practice

At Family Dental of Lexington, we offer a variety of dental services, and a friendly staff. We are here for your dental and customer service needs. We understand the need for a practice that can offer you comfort and great dental service.

Below you'll find a simple, all-inclusive guide on what to expect from our practice:

Paperwork

During your first visit, you will be asked to fill out new patient forms in order for our practice to better assist you. They may take some time to fill out, so we recommend coming into the appointment a little earlier. If you prefer to fill these forms out before your appointment, please refer to the following link: 

New Patient Form

Dental History

Our dentist will need to understand your specific dental needs, which is why evaluating your past dental history is so important. The more details about your dental history you provide, the easier it is for our dentist to get to the root of the problem.

Comprehensive Exam

All first-time patients undergo a comprehensive exam. A comprehensive exam allows our dentist to set a solid course of action to address any discomfort you may be experiencing. Please feel comfortable sharing any questions or concerns you may have with our dentist.

X-Rays

X-rays are a great way to diagnose problems that may otherwise go unnoticed. Any tooth decay, abscesses, impacted teeth or jawbone damage will show up on an x-ray. The details x-rays provide could make a big difference for your overall oral hygiene.

Treatment Plan

Once the comprehensive exam and x-rays are complete, our dentist will provide you with solutions to your dental irregularities. Through a comprehensive treatment dental plan, our dentist can resolve the issues that affect your oral hygiene. Since we develop each treatment plan based on your specific needs, it’s important that you are clear about your expectations from the start.

Smile Reminders

We send smile reminders to you via text or email to notify you of your appointment and to confirm it as well. We want to take away the stress of remmebering when your next dental appointment is. Please click the following link to set up your notification preferences: https://dentalcode.net/forms/smile_reminder_consent.pdf

Smile Reminders

It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment but now we will remind you with a "Smile Reminder" via email or text message, and even provide driving directions if it's your initial visit. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!

Smile Reminder Consent Form

Download the release of records consent form.

Records Release Form

Initial Appointment

The first appointment will be a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist and staff and get to know them properly. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.

New Patient Paperwork

If you are satisfied with our dentist after the initial meeting, our team will further assist in setting up an appointment for you. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out new patient forms along with providing any prior dental history or records. It is suggested that you come at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to fill out these forms.

This paperwork mostly covers two categories, both of which need to be completed in detail. The first one category requires that you provide your personal details. In this form, you’ll have to fill in personal information such as name, age, home address, etc. You will also be required to complete a medical history form. In this form, you have to provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and also, in the event that you have dental insurance, details about the policy and the insurance provider.

It is important for you to be precise and truthful in answering all the questions as any wrong answer could have an effect your future treatments.

Our office also provides you with the choice of filling out the forms before coming to the clinic. This means that you can visit the website and fill out the enrollment form online. This saves you time and ensures your hassle-free appointment scheduling and an efficient and effective visit. Patients can download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information will be stor

New Patient Form

GET DRIVING DIRECTIONS

DOWNLOAD HEALTH HISTORY FORMS

stored in our database and will be evaluated by our dentist prior to your session.

Comprehensive Examination and Cleaning

After studying your dental health history, our dentist will most likely examine your gums, teeth and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is performed to study the state of one’s dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so that there are no extra particles in your mouth at that time.

Our dentist will generally look for any sensitivity, decay and redness around the gums or teeth during the examination; and explain the procedure to you, accordingly. Even though our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled, they might still ask you questions about your teeth while examining them. This is fairly common in the case our dentist sees anything unusual or something which was not mentioned in the forms.

X-Ray Procedure

After conducting the comprehensive exam, our dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the status of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases and cavities. The X-rays are suggested to be done each time a patient comes in either with a severe problem, or  routinely after at least a year, since the state of teeth has probably changed in that time.

The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays as they provide our dentist a much detailed view of the teeth and jaw. The dentist is able to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures easily with the panoramic X-ray.  

Although believed to be a lengthy process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe. Our dentist will guide you through the simple procedure by asking you to bite down on gauze, while the rest of the body is protected from the X-ray machine with a device that will cover it. Only the mouth will be scanned by the machine.

Post Examination Consultation

After the dental check-up, our dentist will discuss your results with you. Our dentist will guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that they found in your mouth. They may also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic. The dentist will suggest and explain to you the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for your specific needs and will customize it to fit your requirements. Our main goal is to help you maintain good oral health and solve all of your dental issues.

After discussing your future treatment, you will also receive the total costs for any particular procedure. Our office offers payment plans and our dentist and staff can guide you in selecting what best suits you. At this time, you may discuss with your dentist the suggested treatments and the expenses. If you have dental or medical insurance and you are planning on using this benefit to cover any procedure, you may discuss the coverage with our dentist, as well.

Follow-Up Sessions

Now that you have met our dentist at  Family Dental of Lexington in Lexington South Carolina and discussed your treatment and questions in detail, you will be scheduled for a follow-up session at your convenience. These follow-up sessions would mostly be for cleaning and preparing your tooth for the upcoming procedure.

It is highly recommended that individuals must attend these follow-up visits at least twice a year to avoid any cavities, tooth decay or oral illness from producing inside the mouth.  During these routine check-ups, the teeth are regularly cleaned and treated to make sure that they stay in good shape.