Your First Visit
What to Expect During Your Appointment
We are glad you have made the decision to join us at Wetherill Family Dentistry! A first visit to the practice will typically include a comprehensive dental examination, including x-rays. Both the dental exam and the x-rays will allow Dr. Wetherill to assess your overall dental health.
The x-rays that will be taken of your mouth will enable Dr. Wetherill to view the structure of your jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet come in, any malformed roots or other structural deformity, and any latent tooth decay. During the oral exam, Dr. Wetherill will check the health of your mouth – teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. He will evaluate the integrity of any existing dental work and make sure that it is not showing any signs of disrepair.
The initial visit also involves getting your medical history. When you share your medical history with Dr. Wetherill and his staff, please be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform them if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill. Please be sure to notify Dr. Wetherill if you have had any joint replacements. Also tell Dr. Wetherill the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking – whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of your primary physician. This information will help Dr. Wetherill and his staff to select the most safe and effective course of treatment for you.
Please bring with you a list of all the medications you are currently taking, as well as a copy of your dental insurance card, if applicable. For your ease and convenience, all New Patient forms are available here and can be filled out in advance and brought with you to your first appointment. This will help streamline your initial visit, as well as give you time to include a thorough medical history.