At Patterson Family Dentistry, P.C., we feel it is in the best interests of the patient to be seen for a complete or comprehensive
exam before having any treatment completed. However, we will always see new patients
for a limited emergency exam if needed.
A comprehensive exam allows us to fully evaluate your oral health so that any decisions that may need to be made are done
so with all relevant information at hand. The result is more conservative and cost
effective dentistry for the patient that is focused on long term success and avoiding
Updated x-rays are taken if you do not have current x-rays from a previous dentist.
This allows us to easily distringuish between dental treatment completed before coming to our office and any treatment provided
after joining our family.
If your dentist does not look, who will? Nobody! Oral cancer is too dangerous to dismiss!
This is a comprehensive examination by the doctor. Following this exam, a printout of any recommended treatment (if any)
is provided with prices and estimated insurance coverage.
If any treatment is indeed recommended, your printout will provide prices and estimated insurance coverage. For larger procedures,
pre-treatment estimates will be filed with the insurance company for more accurate
and up-to-date coverage.
There is typically time for a cleaning at this appointment, however if you have not been to a dentist for an extended period
of time or have periodontal disease, then we may have to reschedule to allow enough
time to complete your cleaning properly. Their is no additional charge if the cleaning
has to be rescheduled for time purposes. We simply want to ensure that treatment
is thorough and complete.