New Patients – Lancaster, PA
Getting You Ready For Your Visit
Welcome to Dentistry for Life! We are so pleased that you’ve chosen us to provide the necessary dental care you are looking for in the Lancaster area. As you prepare for your first visit, we want you to have all the information needed to ensure a swift, successful, and enjoyable experience. This is why we’ve compiled various details below, so you can review them beforehand. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our dental office.
Your First Visit
Your first dental appointment will be about getting to know each other. We will discuss your goals and what brought you to our dental office, learn about your medical history, and talk to you about your treatment options. You will be given an in-depth, comprehensive, clinical evaluation. We'll thoroughly review our findings and present a detailed dental treatment plan that makes sense to you and fulfills your dental health needs and esthetic goals.
For all this to happen, your first visit usually consists of the following:
- Getting to know you and what your priorities are.
- Review of your medical and dental history.
- X-rays of all of your teeth.
- Comprehensive oral exam using the intraoral camera.
- Gum tissue evaluation.
- Oral cancer screening.
- Charting of existing dental conditions.
- Intraoral photo tour of your mouth.
As you can see, this first visit is very thorough. Please allow at least 90 minutes. You will not normally have your teeth cleaned on this first visit (we don't know what kind of cleaning you need).
If you haven't had a professional cleaning in over 12 months, you may need to have a special, more intense cleaning, called a debridement, to remove built-up plaque and tartar, so the doctors can give you the best possible exam.
Emergency Dental Visits
Many patients meet us for the first time because they have a dental emergency such as a toothache or broken tooth. This means the emergency is handled first and then the patient is scheduled for a comprehensive exam on their next visit.
Although we are not in-network with any particular dental insurance company, we will file any necessary paperwork and claims on your behalf. This will help to keep your appointments stress-free so that you can focus more on the care you need instead of the financial component. We'll do our best to help you get the most out of your dental benefits.
If you’re worried about being able to afford your dental treatment, however, you can also ask about dental financing. A member of our team will go over the details with you to ensure that you remain within your budget while pursuing the necessary care for a healthier, more beautiful smile.