Don’t brush off regular checkups to the dentist! Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining good oral health. We encourage regular checkups at least every six months. Seeing us twice a year is recommended because we can:
- Check for problems you might not see or feel
- Find early signs of decay
- Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, Dr. Mitchell or Dr. Haeberle checks the health of the patient’s mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the doctor also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
The First Visit
Your first visit to our office typically includes an X-ray that allows us to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.
The initial visit also involves getting a medical history. When you share your or your son or daughter’s medical history with us, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on health.
Let Dr. Mitchell or Dr. Haeberle know if you or your child have undergone a recent hospitalization or surgery, or have recently been ill. Also, tell the doctor the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you or your child are taking — whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of the prescribing physician.
Let us know about any changes in health or medications. It is also important to bring up any fears you or your son or daughter may have about dental treatment.
The information collected in your first visit will help the doctor select the safest and most effective method of treatment.
Regular checkup appointments typically take 20 to 40 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.
Payment & Office Policies
The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient’s problem. You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins. We have payment plans to suit different budgets.
We also accept assignment from most insurance plans, and will file the necessary papers to the insurance company. We work hard to make dental care affordable and to make sure you receive your full insurance benefits.
In an effort to keep fees down while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established this financial policy:
- If full payment is made at the onset of treatment, we will offer a fee discount, since no further bookkeeping fee is needed. (If you have insurance, we will offer a discount for payment of your portion of the fee that will not be covered by insurance.)
- To fit your individual needs for extensive treatments, financial arrangements can be made to extend the payments over a period of months.
- For your convenience, we accept payment by Visa and MasterCard.
If you have insurance, we will help you to determine the coverage you have available. Professional care is provided to you, our patient, and not to an insurance company. Thus, the insurance company is responsible to the patient and patients are responsible to the doctor. We will help in every way we can in the filing of your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf.
Convenient Online Services
We know how busy you are. That’s why we’re committed to providing you superior, leading-edge service. With our secure online service you will be able to:
- View your appointment and account information at any time
- Sign up for email or text appointment reminders
- Check your payment history and see current charges
- Print out flex spending reimbursement and tax receipts