Your initial visit is a very important one. Dr. Owens and his staff schedule ample time to get to know you and your concerns, expectations, and goals.
Our goal for new patients at this visit is to give them an overall picture of their oral health. We also want to inform patients of any relevant risk factors that could lead to issues in future.
What to Expect At the Appointment
Our staff takes the time to get to know you and goes above and beyond to make you feel at home and comfortable. We do ask you to take a few minutes to fill out new patient paperwork and give us an update on your health history (if you prefer to fill out the new patient paperwork ahead of time, there is a link to the .pdf at the bottom of this page).
Dr. Owens’ comprehensive approach to dentistry shows in this appointment, when he takes a thorough look at your overall oral health, including a thorough examination of your teeth and periodontal (gum) health, a jaw joint and muscle evaluation, and an oral cancer screening.
If you have recent x-rays, we can contact your previous dentist to obtain copies of them. Otherwise, we can take complete x-rays here in our office. We will also take photographs, as recommended by the AACD, and to aid Dr. Owens in the comprehensive evaluation.
Diagnosis & Risk Factors
Based on the images and exam, Dr. Owens will inform you of any diagnosis of current conditions. He also analyzes your risk for tooth decay, periodontal disease, and dysfunctional occlusion, as well as steps you can take now to prevent future issues.
Dr. Owens can also address how we can help you reach your goals, whether they are cosmetic or function related.