New Dental Patients
Initial Appointment with Advanced Dental Care of Anderson
Your initial appointment usually will consist of an examination and review of your treatment options. Usually, treatment can be done or started the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
- Your completed Patient Registration Packet
- Any x-rays taken by a previous dentist, if applicable.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms or download them from our website in advance. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is for the safety and protection of our patients.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.). Once again, this is to give you the best patient care possible.
If your previous dentist or physician has taken radiographs, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional radiographs are necessary, they can be taken at our office. What radiographs need to be taken depend on every patient’s particular situation. The factors that influence what dental radiographs need to be taken include: What previous radiographs are provided by you, the diagnostic quality of those radiographs, the patient’s oral conditions and concerns, as well as any concerns that Dr. Elbrecht has in regards to your oral health. Dental radiographs are an important diagnostic tool that is necessary in order to adequately evaluate all of your dental needs. Many times there are oral conditions that can not be seen from a visual examination. By having proper radiographs Dr. Elbrecht is able to give you a comprehensive examination and in many cases he can diagnose oral conditions early, leading to more conservative treatment options.
In order to give his patients the best possible care, Dr. Elbrecht likes to perform a comprehensive dental examination on your fist visit. This allows him to properly evaluate your entire oral health. This is important in order to be able to educate patients and to give them all of their options concerning any possible dental treatment options. Dr. Elbrecht’s comprehensive dental examination includes:
-Appropriate Dental Radiographs
-Periodontal Examination(to assess the conditions of the gums and underlying support system of the teeth)
-Oral Cancer Examination
-Consultation to educate and inform patients of their oral health, concerns that the patient or Dr. Elbrecht has, any treatment options
-Dental Cleaning if appropriate and if Time(the type of dental cleaning or other treatment to treat the gums will be determined during the comprehensive examination. If a dental cleaning is indicated and there is time, every effort is made to include it in that appointment. Sometimes a more complicated medical history, more involved oral conditions, more dental treatment needs, or a more advanced condition of the gums leads to a different type of treatment other than a dental cleaning. If this is needed, Dr. Elbrecht will discuss it in advance and if the patient wants to start treatment that day, every effort will be made to do so).
Sometimes a comprehensive examination can not be performed at the initial visit due to several factors including a patient’s more involved medical history where Dr. Elbrecht needs to consult with their physician, an emergency dental appointment to address a specific concern, if a preauthorization is needed from a patient’s insurance company or if insurance can not be verified, or if a patient has limited time available in their schedule or needs to be worked into the office’s schedule last minute. These situations are more rare, as Dr. Elbrecht prefers to do a comprehensive examination in order to give his patients the best possible dental care.