Patient Forms, Map and Directions to Trenton Office
Your first visit to Southshore Dental establishes a vital foundation for our relationship with you. During the first visit, we make sure to obtain important background information, like your medical history, and give you time to get to know your doctor. To understand what to expect for your first visit to our practice, please read through this page. You'll find all the practical information you need, such as a map and directions to our office, practice hours, payment policies and more. There's also background information about our committed staff and our first visit procedures. You can even save some time at your first visit by printing out and completing the patient forms in advance of your appointment.
Your First Visit
We're never too busy to meet new friends! We'll take the time to know you, as well as your likes and dislikes regarding past dental care. We encourage you to share information and to ask questions throughout our relationship. An informed and involved patient is most likely to achieve the highest level of health, and we look forward to working with you to achieve this.
Here is what you can expect on your first visit:
At every regularly-scheduled dental appointment, your dentist examines your teeth, gums, mouth and throat. A regular dental visit may include the following:
Head & Neck Examination
- The Cancer Exam
- Facial Structure Exam
- Palpation of Chewing Muscles
- Palpation of Lymph Nodes
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
Clinical Dental Examination
- Periodontal Exam- including gingiva, periodontal pockets
- Mobility of Teeth
- Mucous Membranes
- Saliva (or lack of it)
- Occlusion (Bite)
- Decay of Teeth
- Broken Fillings
- Removable Appliances
- Contact Between Teeth
Dental Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
- Assessment of Mouth Cleanliness
- Oral Hygiene Instructions
After completing the clinical dental exam, Dr. Patel might outline a detailed treatment plan, if necessary, and indicate when you need to return for a follow-up visit. Regular preventive maintenance of this type, along with a thorough home care regimen, helps assure your good oral health.
Important: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the initial exam visit.
Please fill out these forms so we can expedite your first visit:
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- Located across from Trenton High School