What should I expect from my appointment?
We recommend routine visits for exams and cleanings twice a year so we can monitor your oral health and catch problems while they are still small and easy to treat.
When you arrive for your appointment, a member of our team will promptly bring you back to your treatment room so you can get settled.
Next, Dr. Cole will start your exam by checking and noting the condition of each tooth and taking diagnostic x-rays as needed. Every checkup also includes a caries risk assessment and an oral cancer screening.
If he finds something that needs to be addressed, he will use our intraoral camera to show you exactly what's happening with the tooth and why treatment is necessary. Seeing the problem for yourself helps you become an active part of the process.
Next, you will see your hygienist for a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that linger on your teeth and cause decay and gum disease. She will also check for signs of gum disease and make recommendations for self-care at home.
Before you leave, a member of our team will meet with you to discuss your treatment, how your insurance benefits apply, and estimate what your costs will be.
If it’s time for your semi-annual checkup and cleaning, please call our Chehalis dental office to arrange an appointment.