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What to expect at your first comprehensive dental care visit

We are thrilled that you have chosen Riviera Smiles to care for your oral health and want to welcome you to our family! Dr. Martinez strives to make Riviera Smiles the most comfortable experience you have ever had.

The cornerstone of this experience is providing a thorough and comprehensive initial consultation.

We know your time is valuable, that is why we aim to make the time you spend in our office go as smoothly as possible. For this reason, we gladly offer you the opportunity to access our patient forms online. Simply print them, fill them out, and bring them with you to be processed at your appointment.

About your visit

Since every patient’s comprehensive dental care needs are unique, we start with this comprehensive approach so we can formulate a tailored plan of care.

Many patients desire a dental cleaning at the time of their initial visit. We try to provide this service whenever possible; however, some factors such as medical history or the nature of the cleaning that is required can prevent routine cleaning from being scheduled for the first visit.

The typical initial visit consists of the following:

  • Meeting our treatment coordinator and receiving a tour of the office
  • Completion of new patient forms
  • Review of primary dental concerns and past dental history
  • Review of past medical history, as certain conditions have a significant bearing on your dental care
  • Digital x-rays of teeth obtained when needed (x-rays outside of six months may not be current for treatment planning)
  • Head and neck examination
  • Temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and masticatory muscles examination
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Tooth-by-tooth examination with a small toothbrush-sized intra-oral video camera
  • Fluorescent detection of caries (cavities)
  • Periodontal examination for gum disease
  • Discussion of dental needs and wants to create a directed plan to improve your dental health and smile
  • This visit commonly takes 60 minutes

Are you ready to
restore your smile?

You can not find more dedicated dentists in Santa Barbara than at Riviera Smiles. We are looking forward to your visit! Schedule your consultation today!

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