Your initial appointment usually will consist of an examination either a comprehensive dental exam or limited exam depending on your expressed needs. A licensed dental hygienist and or a trained dental assistant will help Dr. Lindell Frankum and Dr. Thelma Frankum during the comprehensive or limited exam. A comprehensive exam includes an oral cancer screening and a dental examination with dental radiographs of all the teeth. The doctors and hygienists will check for cavities, Periodontal Disease, Occlusal disease and overall oral health. A specialized dental instrument called a periodontal probe is used to aid with the periodontal exam. A limited dental exam (focused area exam) includes the dental examination of the area of concern only and may include dental x-rays. For both exams there is a review of your treatment options, expected dental treatment plan and expected treatment plan fees. Depending on the circumstance or the procedure, treatment can be done or started the same day as the exam. However, a complex medical history, treatment plan and or active infection may 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 consultation:
- A list of medications you are presently taking and reason why they were prescribed to you.
- If you have dental insurance, bring your insurance card and photo ID. 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.
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, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy (blood thinners), previous or currently taking bisphosphonate treatment (osteoporosis medication), etc.).
When & What Is My Child’s First “Regular” Visit?
The first “regular” dental visit should be no later than your child’s first birthday. We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums. We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.