New Patient FAQs
Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
New patient forms are available for download online. If you prefer, you may print the forms and fill them out prior to your arrival. Otherwise, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out new patient forms.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:
- Dental Insurance Card (if applicable)
- Identification such as a Driver's License, Military ID or State ID
- List of any medical conditions you are currently being treated for
- List of all medications that are currently being taken
How long will my first appointment last?
It varies, but please plan on 1 hour for the first visit.
Will I get a cleaning at my first visit?
Most new patients will receive a cleaning at their first visit, unless there is another dental concern that requires attention first.
What should I do if I require premedication?
If you require premedication, please let our office know prior to your visit if possible. If you already have a prescription from your physician, please take it as directed before your appointment. If you require a prescription from our office, your dentist can discuss this with you at your first visit. Please feel free to call our office with any questions at 781-373-3068.
How often should I go to the dentist?
Keeping up with regular dental care is very important in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Regular dental examinations and cleanings are recommended every 6 months. Routine dental care is considered “preventative care”, allowing the patient and the dentist to learn about any active dental disease during the early stages when treatment is easier and less expensive. Early detection can help you prevent more extensive dental treatments such as root canal treatment or tooth extraction.
However, many people only visit the dentist when a dental problem arises such as tooth or gum pain. When a patient has a toothache, the dental disease such as a cavity likely has reached the advanced stages. Small dental cavities often will not cause any symptoms. Symptoms such as pain, swelling, and severe sensitivity arise when the disease process is close to the nerve of the tooth. At this point, dental treatment is more costly and time consuming.
Why does the dentist take X-rays?
When a dentist does a clinical exam, there are many things that cannot be thoroughly examined without x-rays. An x-ray examination may reveal:
- small areas of decay (cavities) between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
- infections in the bone
- periodontal (gum) disease
- abscesses or cysts
- developmental abnormalities
- some types of tumors
All new patient exams will require x-rays, unless a medical condition indicates otherwise. If you have had dental x-rays taken within the last 6 months, you may have your x-rays transferred to our office. If you transfer x-rays please ensure the x-rays are of good diagnostic quality.
About Radiation From Dental X-Rays
Every day, all of us are exposed to radiation through routine activities. Sources of radiation include the sun, our cell phones, flying in airplanes, airport security scanners, etc.
At your dental visit, once a year, your dentist may recommend a set of four bitewing x-rays. These x-rays are needed to check for any new cavities or suspicious areas between the teeth and to evaluate the health of your gums and bone. Our office utilizes the latest technology of digital dental x-rays. The amount of radiation exposure is very minimal and dental x-rays are considered safe.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and supporting bony structures. Periodontal disease can present in many different ways and does not always cause symptoms right away. If periodontal disease is left untreated, it can cause loose teeth, irreversible bone loss, and possible tooth loss. Also untreated periodontal disease has been linked to conditions such as low birth weight babies, pre-term delivery, and heart disease.
Signs of periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen, inflamed gums
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Pus coming from around the teeth or gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums
- Abscess of the gums
- Bad Breath
Early diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease yields the best outcomes. It is best not to wait if you are suffering from any of the above symptoms and see one of our dentists today for an exam.
Why Should I Choose 376 Dental Studio?
The philosophy at 376 Dental Studio is to build a long-lasting relationship with our patients and have an open dialogue during the treatment planning process. The idea of going to a dentist creates a sense of fear and anxiety for many patients. The doctors at 376 Dental Studio understand this and work very hard to make sure you feel comfortable in the dental setting. We do our best not to thoroughly explain all treatment needs, answer questions, and remain flexible with payment plans. Our goal is to spend quality time with each and every patient. As a team, we try our best to run on time each and every day as we value our patient’s time. Call us today and get to know us!