Thank you for considering Franklin Dental Centre as your dental service provider in Fort McMurray. Please read through the following information to better prepare you for your first visit to our office. For your convenience, New Patient Forms can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
What you can expect during your first visit:
The New Patient Consultation is designed to provide you with a complete assessment of the health, function and beauty of your smile. It covers all aspects of your dental health and gives you a variety of treatment options using advanced techniques in cosmetic and general dentistry.
The consultation will take approximately 1 hour to complete. Additional time may be scheduled depending on your specific needs. The following is a general idea of what you expect:
1. Health Assesment:
We will review your medical and dental history with you and ask more detailed questions to ensure that your examination and treatment plan is specific to your needs and concerns. It is very important that you give us as much information as possible about your general and dental health. Please ensure that you give us complete information about any current conditions and medications.
2. Digital Panoramic and Intra-Oral Radiographs (X-rays):
As part of the examination process, we might take radiographs of your teeth and jaws. You will have to remove all jewelry for this procedure, including piercings anywhere from the shoulders up.
3. Comprehensive Examination: We will start with a thorough examination of your periodontal (gum) health: assessing the gums, soft tissue and bones that support your teeth. We look for signs of gum disease, oral cancer, gum recession and bone loss during this part of the exam. Next, we will look at your structural status: the health of each individual tooth, as well as the condition of any existing restorations (such as fillings, crowns and bridges) and prostheses (such as partial and complete dentures). Then we will look at your occlusal status: the muscles used in chewing, your jaw joints and your bite.
4. Digital Photographs: We might take a complete set of close-up photos of your teeth and face, depending on your specific situation. These photos are used during your consultation, so that you can view the current condition of your teeth, and during your dental procedures to document the progression of your treatment.
5. Specific Concerns: During this time we will concentrate on any specific concerns that you may have such as extreme anxiety, recurring conditions or any other special circumstances.
6. Treatment Plan: This is the part of the consultation is when we pull all the information together to create a custom treatment plan for you. Before advising you on your treatment options, we will examine the results of your comprehensive clinical examination along with the radiographs and digital images of your teeth and smile.
7. Financial Considerations: We will review your different financial options before starting any treatment to help you achieve and maintain optimum dental health within your timeline and budget. It is important to remember that treatment should not be dictated by budget, but by necessity and the dentist will explain if there is a part of your treatment plan that is essential and time-sensitive.
By understanding your options, you can make an informed decision on your dental care. You may decide to start with the recommended treatment immediately, or you can prioritize and complete it over time. We give you the flexibility to choose the option that best meets your needs.
What to bring with you:
- Any existing radiographs (x-rays) that were taken at another dental office if you already have them (don’t worry if you don’t – we can have your records transferred).
- Your membership card from your dental insurance company – we will not be able to claim from them on your behalf without this information.
- A list of existing medications that you are taking. If you have certain heart conditions or have had a joint replacement you may need to be pre-medicated before dental cleanings or treatment. If you are unsure if this applies to you, please check with your primary care physician.
You will also be asked to complete some documents before coming to our office for the first time. To make this easier, you can print and complete these forms at home and bring them with you. If you have any questions about the forms prior to your first visit, please call us (780) 790-0088.
We look forward to welcoming you to our office!