New Patient Forms
Before you come in for your first visit, please take a moment to download and fill out the following New Patient Forms.
- Each of these PDF forms can be filled out on your computer AFTER download, saved as PDF files, and then printed so you can sign them, saving you time in the office.
- Please do NOT email any of the completed PDF forms to us since they will include personal and private information. Simply bring them to your first appointment.
- If you prefer, you can print out the PDFs of the forms and complete them by hand.
We know it isn’t easy to visit a new dentist. You don’t know who you will meet and what will happen. You don’t know if you can trust the new dentist. You can’t easily evaluate the quality of his or her work, and you don’t know what the new dentist will think and say about your teeth and how you care for them.
No, it isn’t easy to let a total stranger poke around in your mouth and then deliver a verdict on your dental health. That is why Restorative & Aesthetic Dental Associates does things a little differently than the typical neighborhood dentist or mass-market retail chain dental office.
When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff. After some routine paperwork, you will meet your new dentist and be invited into our library to talk. We want to learn about you: your concerns, what you like and don’t like about your teeth, your overall health, and how we can help you. You are a person not just a mouth full of teeth. As we get to know each other and answer your questions, you will hopefully become more comfortable. Then, when you are ready, we’ll go to the clinical room to begin your examination.
In the clinical exam we . . .
- Inspect the condition of your teeth and any previous dental work
- Test for gum disease
- Screen for oral cancer and other soft tissue problems
- Evaluate your bite (how your teeth come together)
- Check your head and neck muscles and lymph nodes
- X-ray your mouth if necessary
- Take photos of your teeth.
During the exam, we will share the things we see so we can discuss them with you. For most patients, everything is fine and all you need is a cleaning. We’ll schedule that right away and you will be on your way. If there are some minor things you would like to improve or treat, we can schedule those appointments and get started. And if there are significant issues impacting your dental health, we will schedule a follow-up to discuss your options.
In all cases, we will educate and guide you so that you can make the best and most appropriate decisions for your dental health.
After your initial exam, we will set up a regular schedule of cleanings with our hygienists. You will have a dedicated hygienist and at each visit we will re-examine your dental health and discuss any changes or requests you have.
If this sounds like the kind of relationship you are seeking with your new dentist, please call us.
Signed yours truly,
Scott, Leigh, and Tom . . . the “Dentists Who Listen”
What to Expect
If you are coming in for a dental emergency, we will do everything we can to resolve your immediate concern and to get you comfortable.
If you are coming in to establish as a regular patient, we will begin with a comprehensive examination.
- We will take the time to sit with you in a non-clinical setting and discuss your concerns and priorities. We believe it is important to get to know you and for you to get to know us.
- We will then conduct a detailed exam of your teeth, gums, soft tissues, muscles, and jaw joints.
- We will acquire any necessary x-rays as well as intraoral photographs. We tailor this to your individual needs.
Because our exam is so thorough, you should plan on your first examination visit to last one to two hours.
- If your mouth is healthy, we will schedule the appropriate cleaning appointment with one of our dental hygienists.
- If there are concerns, we will schedule time to sit down and discuss our findings prior to treatment.