Your First Appointment at Cosmetic Dentistry of Atlanta
We take pride in learning how we can make a difference for each and every patient, as the goals you have are unique to you. We believe in taking the time to listen and understand your long-term goals, your vision for your oral and overall health, your expectations, timelines and life circumstances because we realize that all of these factors affect your ability to choose and follow through with comprehensive dentistry.
We find that individuals strive for different levels of health and we honor that. We want to help you reach the best level of health for you and hope you’ll choose excellence. Any patient can achieve excellence if we continually build toward that goal by keeping quality as the constant and time as the variable.
There are a number of reasons to visit a dentist. Many of our patients come to us seeking a comprehensive examination and some have sought us for our expertise in reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry. A few have even contacted us in severe discomfort. Whatever the reason, we will help make your first appointment appropriate to your needs and desires.
OUR COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
Our comprehensive exam is a two-part exam. Before looking in your mouth, Dr. Gaylor likes to first sit down with you and discuss your goals and discuss our beliefs and philosophy as well as yours. Knowing your dental “story” and your expectations will help us tailor a custom treatment plan especially for you. The appropriate records are taken during this two-hour examination.
On the second visit, we review these records with you. Once you understand your current condition, we listen for the changes you think you’d like to make and help you develop a plan to get from where you are to where you want to be. We really enjoy this process and so do our patients.
This meeting includes an initial consultation with Dr. Gaylor, a limited oral examination and a series of limited records, including digital photo images taken of your smile and teeth. Although, this exam is not complete, we are able to generally assess your oral condition, offer cosmetic and restorative suggestions, give a ballpark estimate of costs involved, and recommend the steps required before beginning treatment. This exam typically takes one hour.
Any dental emergency, like an injury to the teeth or gums, can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage, as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment down the road.
Dr. Gaylor and her team are highly trained in treating all common emergencies, including toothaches, chipped or broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, extruded (a partially dislodged tooth), objects caught between teeth or under the gum, lost fillings, lost crowns, lost temporaries, broken braces wire, abscesses, TMJ pain, swelling, and soft tissue injuries to the lips, cheek, and gum.
Emergency appointments are available with Dr. Gaylor at our first availability.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PLANNING
Dr. Gaylor is highly trained in diagnosis and treatment planning and believes that is one of the most valuable services she can provide. Once we have a goal for the future and have properly diagnosed the problems, we think through all the details of treatment options and their affects on the rest of the system. It takes time to develop an appropriate strategic plan, but with an excellent, properly sequenced plan, achieving the patients’ desired outcomes is assured.
We are trained to diagnose the needs for all aspects of dentistry, even though we might not treat them all. We work closely with a team of specialists and lab technicians to provide the best outcome for our patients.
Please contact Cosmetic Dentistry of Atlanta so we can determine the appropriate appointment tailored for your needs.