As a new patient, your oral health is our top priority. We want to help ensure you know what to expect during your first visit so you can have an enjoyable and productive experience. Your first appointment will start with X-rays, enabling Dr. Chao to detect any risks to oral health, such as potential tooth decay (cavities), gum disease, bone loss, or infection. Dr. Chao will then complete a comprehensive new patient exam. This consists of a thorough inspection of your teeth to look for signs of tooth decay, examination of your gums to evaluate for gingivitis and gum disease, and evaluation of your medical history. Dr. Chao will also talk with you about any problems you have been experiencing, such as toothaches, sensitivity, or cosmetic concerns.
At this visit, you may also have a dental cleaning (also known as a prophylaxis). During this cleaning, a licensed hygienist will remove accumulated plaque and tartar from the outside of your teeth and polish your teeth to remove any remaining tartar and surface stains. Once your dental exam is complete, Dr. Chao will put together an individual treatment plan designed to improve your oral health and answer any of your questions.
Please fill out the Patient Registration Form on this page prior to your first appointment.
We look forward to meeting you!