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Limited Dental Exam for New Patients

Limited Dental Exam for New Patients at Dental Implant & Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta

Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists provide dental services to the greater Atlanta area. Dr. Brett Langston and his team have over 100 years of combined dental experience, from restorative dentistry to preventive care.

We do our best to offer our patients the highest quality care. One way we do that is by providing limited dental exams.

Our problem-focused exams are designed to address your immediate dental needs. Although they do not replace the importance of regular dental checkups, this approach allows us to create a personalized treatment plan that specifically caters to your immediate support.

What Is a Limited Exam in Dentistry?

When you come to Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists with a dental concern, we’ll perform a limited exam. This type of assessment is perfect for emergencies, and we’ll often see you on the same day you call us.

In a limited exam, Dr. Langston and his team will examine your teeth and gums closely. We’ll use diagnostic testing and visual exams to identify the problem and determine the best treatment solution.

What Are the Two Major Types of Dental Examinations?

Not all dental exams are the same. They all serve a purpose, but their details are different. The two major types of dental exams are limited and comprehensive.

Comprehensive Dental Exam vs. Limited Dental Exam

A limited exam is typically reserved for emergencies, like when you wake up with a toothache, looking at one specific tooth. A comprehensive exam is often for patients visiting our office for the first time, needing a treatment plan, and a full exam.

Limited oral check-ups focus on a specific area of your mouth. During a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Langston thoroughly examines your teeth, gums, mouth, and throat. He’ll review your health history and ask questions to gather more information.

During a comprehensive oral assessment, a full set of X-rays, Panoral, or Cone-Bean (CBCT) may be taken.

Importance of Limited Dental Exams for New Patients

Sometimes, a limited oral evaluation is the first time our team meets you. By completing an oral assessment, we establish a baseline for future dental care. This examination also allows the dentist to detect any dental issues and form a treatment plan to resolve them. Early detection is the key to preventing more extensive oral health problems.

What to Expect During Your Limited Dental Exam

You must fill out a health history form if you’re a new patient. This includes writing down any medications or supplements you’re taking and any allergies. Sharing your health details with us is vital because some health issues and medication can affect oral health.

One of our friendly team members will seat you, review these forms, and document your chief complaint. They’ll also take any relevant X-rays, photos, and diagnostic information to present to the dentist. These tools collect essential information to ensure the dentist can diagnose any issues.

Dr. Langston or another one of our skilled dentists will review the information with you and complete an oral exam. They review the findings with you and begin discussing your treatment options. Together, you will decide how to resolve your oral health concerns best. You’ll be treated with care throughout the entire exam.

Why Choose Dental Implant & Aesthetic Specialists for Your Limited Dental Exam?

At Dental Implant & Aesthetic Specialists, we have several specialists who can create comprehensive care under one roof. Our doctors have extensive training in prosthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, extractions and dental implants.

Our whole team is composed of experienced and compassionate dental professionals. We’re committed to using advanced dental technologies that make your experience easier and more comfortable.

How to Prepare for Your Limited Dental Exam

Before your limited oral exam, you may be given pre-appointment instructions. It’s crucial to follow these, including what to bring to your appointment. Some items you may need include:

  • Health history, Dental History, Emergency Contact
  • List of medications and supplements 
  • Insurance information
  • Photo ID 
  • Applicable co-pays

Do not hesitate to contact our office before your appointment. We will answer any questions you may have about our office or your dental exam.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Much Does a Limited Dental Exam Cost?

The cost for a limited exam depends on your insurance, the type of exam, and how many X-rays we take.

Can My Child Have a Limited Dental Exam?

Yes, a limited dental assessment is for patients of all ages.

Do I Still Need a Periodic Dental Exam After a Limited Exam?

Yes. A limited dental exam does not replace your routine dental check-up.

Schedule Your Limited Dental Exam Today

A limited dental exam is a great way to get your foot in the door of our office! We encourage you to step toward your oral health and schedule an appointment proactively. Limited exams allow our doctors to detect any problems early and begin treatment. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!