Get Ready to Meet Your New Dentist
Here is a brief summary of everything you need to know to be ready for your first visit to Macomb Dental Center.
Your first step is to call our office and set up an appointment. Our team will ask a variety of questions, including if you’re having any immediate concerns, pain, or sensitivity with your teeth, to determine if a problem-focused exam or a comprehensive exam will best fit your needs.
Health History Forms
It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment but now we will remind you with a "Smile Reminder" via email or text message, and even provide driving directions if it's your initial visit. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!
Release of Records Consent
Download the release of records consent form.
Paperwork and Documentation
Before your first appointment, you will be required to fill out a new patient form along with providing your dental history and records. It is suggested that you come in at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to fill these forms.
This paperwork is divided into two categories, both of which need to be properly completed. The first one requires your personal details. In this form, you have to fill in personal information such as your name, age, marital status, home address, etc. You will also be required to complete a medical history form. In this form, you must provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and details about dental insurance coverage, policy and provider.,
It is imperative for you to be precise in answering all the questions as any wrong answer could impact your future treatment.
Our office also provides you with the choice of filling the forms out before coming to the clinic. This saves you time and ensures you an efficient and effective visit. To download and fill the forms out prior to your appointment, please click the following link:
A comprehensive exam is the most common for new patients and is performed to study the state of your dental health and hygiene. One of our hygienists will begin your appointment by reviewing your medical and dental health history with you. The hygienist will then take a complete set of x-rays and use our state of the art diagnostic tools to check the health of your teeth and gums. After all of the information has been gathered by the hygienist, Doctor Canter will examine your gums, teeth, and mouth.
Doctor Canter will generally look for any decay and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination, and explain any treatment needs to you accordingly. Even though he will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled out, you may still be asked questions about your teeth while examining them. This is common if Doctor Canter sees anything unusual or something which was not mentioned in the forms.
Before conducting the comprehensive exam, our hygienist takes an X-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the condition of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays as they provide the dentist a much detailed view of the teeth and jaw. Doctor Canter is able to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures easily with the panoramic X-ray.
Although believed to be a lengthy process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe.
Post Examination Discussion
After the dental checkup, Doctor Canter will discuss your results with you. He will guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that were found in your mouth. He may also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic.
After, you will receive the total cost of the particular procedure and can discuss a payment plan, if needed.
As soon as your meeting has been conducted with our team at Macomb Dental Center in Macomb, Illinois, we will schedule a follow-up session at your convenience.
It is highly recommended for you to attend these follow-up visits at least twice a year to help prevent any cavities, tooth decay or oral health issues from developing. During these routine check-ups, the teeth are regularly cleaned and treated to make sure that they remain in optimal condition.