What should I expect on my first visit?
Your first visit is all about getting to know you and what is most important to you about your smile. Expect to fill out some paperwork as you would at any doctor’s office. We will then complete an exam, which will include X-rays and a thorough tooth-by-tooth evaluation. In the absence of gum disease, we will usually complete a dental cleaning (prophylaxis) as well. Upon completion of the exam, we will review the findings with you. If there is work to be done to keep your mouth healthy, we will review the financial aspects with you and set you up for an appointment with Dr. Fienman to complete the work.
I heard you have a dog in the office. Is that true?
Yes! Zeus is our office dog and Dr. Fienman’s family dog. He is very friendly and loves greeting our patients. He is on track to become a therapy dog and spends most days here at the office. He does not wander around. He stays in his private office and only visits with patients upon request. If you would like to meet him, just let us know. He would love the attention!
I work crazy hours. Can you accommodate me in your schedule?
The office is open Monday through Thursday. We have early morning appointments available to accommodate our patients’ busy schedules.
I don’t want braces. Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is a wonderful way to move teeth without traditional braces. Most patients can benefit from Invisalign therapy. Call us for a free consultation to see if Invisalign is right for you.
What is a dental emergency?
Pain, swelling, or a broken or knocked-out tooth are emergencies that should be seen/treated as soon as possible to prevent them from getting worse. Don’t wait until your next checkup. Call our office now to get in for an emergency exam.
How can I tell if my toothache pain is severe enough that I would need a root canal?
When patients visit the office complaining of a toothache, my job is to rule out the need for a root canal. Textbook signs you might need a root canal are 8 out of 10 pain or worse, pain to cold that lingers, and throbbing pain that gets in the way of daily activity. If you have a toothache, give us a call. We can help.
When should I bring my toddler for a first visit to the dentist?
One year old is ideal. At this visit, we will educate the parents on how to best care for their child’s smile, along with checking to see that everything is developing the right way. We will discuss diet and building good oral hygiene habits at home.
I brush my teeth every day, and nothing hurts. Do I really need to see the dentist?
Most dental disease doesn’t hurt until it is very severe. Cavities and gum disease don’t hurt until they are very bad. We recommend most patients see the dentist for routine cleanings and checkups at least every 6 months to help keep your mouth healthy and pain-free.
I had a bad experience in the past, and I am anxious about seeing the dentist. Can you help me?
Yes. Dr. Fienman and staff are very experienced at helping make dentistry more approachable and less frightening. We like to take our time and explain everything to our patients to help them feel comfortable. We also have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) available to help our more anxious patients as well.