Letter From Dentists
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Let’s face it. It isn’t easy to visit a new dentist. You don’t know who you will meet and what will happen. You don’t know if you trust them. You can’t easily evaluate the quality of their work. You don’t know what they will think and say about your teeth and how you care for them. No, it isn’t easy to let a total stranger poke around in your mouth and then deliver a verdict on your dental health. That is why we do things a little differently than the typical neighborhood dentist or mass market retail chain dental office.
When you arrive you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff, either Kris or Kathy. After some routine paperwork, you will meet your new dentist and be invited into our library to talk. We want to learn about you…..your concerns, what you like and don’t like about your teeth, your overall health, and how we can help you. You are a person, not just a mouth full of teeth. As we get to know each other and answer your questions, you will hopefully become more comfortable. Then, when you are ready, we’ll go to the clinical room to begin your examination.
In the clinical exam we
- Inspect the condition of your teeth and any previous dental work.
- Test for gum disease
- Screen for oral cancer and other soft tissue problems
- Evaluate your bite (how your teeth come together)
- Examine your jaw joints for signs of TMJ
- Check your head and neck muscles and lymph nodes
- X-ray your mouth if necessary
- Take photos of your teeth
During the exam, we will share the things we see so that we can discuss them. For most patients, everything is fine and all you need is a cleaning. We’ll schedule that right away and you will be on your way. If there are some minor things you would like to improve or treat, we can schedule those appointments and get started. And if there are significant issues impacting your health, we will schedule a follow-up to discuss your options. We will educate and guide you, so you can make the best and most appropriate decisions for your dental health.
After your initial exam, we will set up a regular schedule of cleanings with our hygienists. You will have a dedicated hygienist and at each visit we will re-examine your dental health and discuss any changes or requests you have. If this sounds like the kind of relationship you are seeking with your new dentist, please call us, the Dentists Who Listen.
Scott, Leigh and Tom
- 650 Brighton Ave. Portland, ME 04102