Southern Dental Group

What should I expect at my first dental appointment?

Dentist in Somerset KYUnlike most dental offices, we don’t send in our dentist for one or two minutes during your first dental cleaning in our office. We believe it’s important for Dr. Pope to get to know our new patients by speaking to you and discussing your goals and challenges regarding your oral health.

At your first exam in our office, Dr. Michael Pope will perform a complete evaluation of each of your teeth, a life-saving oral cancer screening, and a periodontal evaluation; he will make sure we have a full medical history; and we will take any necessary dental x-rays and digital images to make sure we have a clear picture of your dental health. We also take a panoramic x-ray, which allows us to evaluate your bone levels and look for suspicious pathologies.

Once you have your comprehensive oral evaluation, Dr. Pope can recommend the appropriate professional hygiene appointment to improve or maintain the health of your teeth and gums. He will also discuss any conditions with you that need your immediate attention.

We encourage you to ask any questions and share any improvements you might like to make to your smile. This is an opportunity for you and Dr. Pope to develop a good foundation that supports your oral health for many years to come.


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