Your First Visit
Your initial visit to our office will be scheduled with Dr. Gruskowski. Typically you will be scheduled for a "cleaning" appointment. This visit is designed to establish you as a patient of our practice; it allows you, the patient, to start fresh, while getting to know your new dentist and experience the technology and facilities that we have to offer. This visit allows Dr. Gruskowski to get to know you too, not just as a patient, and enables him to evaluate your current dental situation and select treatment options for your dental needs.
What to Expect at Your First Visit
The initial visit starts by getting your medical history. Many people do not realize that general health and dental health are related, and many health issues have a direct effect on dental health. When you share your medical history, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health, hospitalizations, surgeries, illnesses and medications, this is all necessary to understand your current health and any subsequent effects on your dental health.
Your first appointment with Dr.Gruskowski may include x-rays, unless you have provided current x-rays from your previous dentist. A full set of x-rays allows Dr. Gruskowski to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, bone loss, malformed roots, tooth decay, and infections that may be present. You will receive a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth, periodontal charting, and cancer screening, finished off with a cleaning and polishing of your teeth to give you that beautiful smile! You are scheduled with enough time to allow candid discussion of your dental health and expectations, after which, a comprehensive treatment plan can be provided to you so that you understand the full scope of your dental needs.
We encourage regular checkups for individuals age three and up. Most people find that it is valuable to have a checkup at least every six months so we can:
- Check for problems that you might not see or feel
- Find early signs of decay
- Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, we will check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, we also also check old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
Regular checkup appointments typically takes 45 minutes for adults and 30 minutes for children under age 14. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.