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Your First Visit

We understand that your first dental visit may come with anxieties and concerns, especially if this is your first time with us or if you have dental health concerns. From our front desk to our dental chair, we are here to make your time with us comfortable, informative, personal, and educational.

Your first dental visit with us will likely include:

Entry documents.

All of our patients are required to fill out three new patient forms, including a health information form, an informed consent form, and a notice of privacy policy form. You may download these forms from our website or fill them out in our office prior to your appointment. Please arrive 10-­15 minutes early if you plan to fill out your documents in person.

A dental questionnaire and getting to know you.

Our dental questionnaire gives our team more information about you and your dental health goals. We understand that your treatment options don’t just depend on the state of your teeth and gums, but also on your individualized wants and needs. This document, along with our conversation with you, helps us construct a dental health plan that fits you and your preferences.

Radiographs.

If needed, we will take dental X-rays of your mouth using digital radiography. In contrast to traditional film X-rays, digital X-rays use considerably less radiation and produce clearer, easier to transfer images. If you have recently had radiographs taken of your teeth, please bring them to your appointment or have the files transferred to our office.

Photographs.

Photographs of our patients’ teeth and smile can help us better understand their needs and monitor progress throughout the treatment process. We are dedicated to making you both feel better and look better.

A clinical evaluation.

This thorough evaluation, conducted by Dr. Wilcox, includes a close evaluation of your jaw joint and muscles, a tissue evaluation for oral cancer, a thorough evaluation of your gums, and detail evaluation of your teeth. When collecting information, we take every aspect of your dental health into consideration.

A discussion.

After your clinical evaluation, Dr. Wilcox will discuss his findings and explain your possible future treatment plans considering your medical history, your past treatments, your dental questionnaire, and your preferences. He will also answer any questions or concerns you have about your dental health, the clinical evaluation, or your future care. In some cases, Dr. Wilcox may suggest a separate complimentary consultation to discuss your treatment options in greater depth and detail.

How long will your appointment take?

Most first visits take approximately 60-90 minutes. This time frame allows us to get all of the information and data that we need to provide you with exemplary dental health care as well as enough time to meet you, learn your needs, and answer your questions.

What should you bring?

Please bring the following information, if applicable:

  • Your completed entry documents.
  • Your dental insurance information.
  • Your medical records and X-rays.
  • Your prescription information.

What is the next step?

Depending on your clinical evaluation, dental questionnaire, and medical records, Dr. Wilcox will either outline your options for treatment or suggest a more in-depth presentation of your possible path to healthy dentition. Some patients may simply need to schedule a professional cleaning with our dental hygienist, while others may choose a isolated treatment or a series of treatments.

Schedule your first visit at Montana Dental Arts Today

If you are ready to schedule a visit with us, or if you have a questions about your dental health or our office, please contact us today.