Your First Visit at Lake Forest Dental Associates

We are committed to providing the best treatment possible in a caring and highly technologically advanced setting. We understand that you, or your loved one, may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to your needs, and it is our goal to make you feel comfortable visiting our practice while providing the best care possible. Your appointment has been reserved specifically for you. Please arrive on time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you might be asked to reschedule. We request a 24-hour notice if you need to cancel your appointment. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment, and appreciate your cooperation.

Your first visit is all about you – your comfort, your happiness, and your health.

During your first visit, we will review your dental and medical history forms, and take X-rays of your teeth and mouth. You will then meet one of our hygienists who will clean and polish your teeth. Then, the doctor will meet with you to discuss your X-rays, help you create your own individual treatment plan, and answer any questions that you may have. This appointment will take approximately 90 minutes. 

Bring your smile, but also remember to bring these with you to your first appointment:

  • Your completed patient information form (Can be submitted online here)
  • Your dental insurance card

During your examination, we’ll look at the following:

  • Diagnostic x-ray (radiographs) as needed: This will help us to determine tooth position and root angulation as well as determine decay, bone loss and any other possible pathology.
  • Photographs: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This could not be more true. We believe in showing our patients our findings rather than trying to just explain what we see. 
  • Periodontal evaluation: We examine for any sign of gum disease and record full mouth probing levels for present and future reference.
  • Examination of current restorations: All of your present fillings/crowns/bridges/veneers/implants etc. will be evaluated for function, possible decay, bone loss in the case of a dental implant, and overall level of quality of care.
  • Occlusal and TMJ evaluation: Range of mandibular movement recorded, joint heath, class of occlusion and first tooth to tooth contacts determined among other things.
  • Oral cancer screening: We will check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat `and gums for any signs of cancer or other pathology.

Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

We understand that you have a busy schedule, so when you're preparing to visit the dentist, please remember that your appointments can last between 45 and 90 minutes.