It is our primary goal to make each visit pleasant and comfortable and our entire staff is dedicated to making your child’s visit fun. We will spend quality time getting to know you and your child. Treatment is not performed at this initial visit as a general rule. Following a thorough review of your child’s medical and dental history your child’s first appointment will consist of a thorough examination. A visual check up can help determine if any cavities are present. For more information, digital x-rays can be taken to determine the extent of the decay and to see if it has spread to the underlying structures. We may recommend digital x-rays to check for extra or missing teeth, position and location of unerupted teeth or any other abnormalities. We will examine the erupted teeth for decay lesions that need repair and also those that might be arrested without repair by the use of a preventive home care program, topical fluorides and preventive sealants. We will evaluate facial growth and development patterns of your child, note any tongue, lip, cheek or thumb habits that may influence the development of attractive teeth and determine if there is a need for any orthodontic treatment. Your child’s personalities, anxiety levels and coping skills will also be assessed as these are extremely important factors to consider when planning your child’s treatment. Remember, children are not just small adults. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during dental procedures.
Following this, a tailored treatment plan will be formulated for your child’s needs. We will discuss any issues or concerns before proceeding with the best treatment plan for your child. Treatment is then undertaken at subsequent appointment.