We feel that your first visit to our office is a very important one. Meeting a new patient, performing a comprehensive examination, and formulating a treatment plan based not only on clinical information, but on a patient’s vision as well, is vital to the successful outcome of the treatment.
Dr. Tapia has spent many years developing a unique protocol that aids him in determining an individualized treatment plan for each patient. The initial examination appointment may take up to 1-1/2 hours, and may consist not only of a clinical evaluation, but an update of x-rays, initial diagnostic impressions of your teeth, and digital photographs.
It is critical to evaluate a patient’s needs based on their periodontal (gum & bone) health, their biomechanical (existing tooth structure and previous dentistry) considerations, function (joint, bite and chewing), and dentofacial (smile) characteristics. A subsequent appointment may then be required to discuss possible treatment options and the fees associated with those options.
Once the treatment needs have been established, we will assist you in coordinating the necessary appointments to manage that treatment. We will also work closely with you to help facilitate any treatment that may involve other dental specialists.
We invite you to call to discuss your particular needs, and to schedule an appointment with us at our next available appointment time.