Family Dentist Near Me in Bakersfield, CA
Whether you have recently moved to Bakersfield and need a dentist for your family, or you’re looking to switch to a new practice where all your family’s dental needs can be addressed under one roof, you’re welcome to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Mike Sagarian at Columbus Family Dentistry in Bakersfield, CA.
The objective of the new patient exam is to assess the condition of your entire oral cavity and evaluate its current state, diagnose any existing or looming problems, and develop a long-term preventative or treatment plan that will maximize the health, function, and esthetics of your mouth.
Your first visit to Dr. Sagarian is very important for the both of you. As you get to know your new dentist, we will also be reviewing your previous dental history and discussing any concerns you may have about your oral health or that of your kids and teens.
The new patient exam is arguably your most important appointment with Dr. Sagarian as it will set the pace for future treatments and dental visits. A typical first-time consultation looks like this:
- Comprehensive medical and dental history
- Visual Assessment of Your Mouth
- Cancer Screening
- Intra-Oral Pictures
The condition of your mouth is closely associated with your general health. As such, it is important that you inform us of any medical conditions, illnesses, or drugs that may affect your oral health or the treatments that we provide.
Dr. Sagarian will then visually inspect your teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks, and other soft tissues to check for any problems or likely problem areas. The dentist will check for cavities, chips, cracks, excessive wear, malformations, loose teeth, receding gums, or bleeding and swollen gums.
During the physical exam, Dr. Sagarian will also perform an oral-cancer screening. This involves a thorough examination of the floor and roof of your mouth, tongue, cheeks, throat, and lips to look for any ulcers, cysts, benign tumors, and other signs of oral cancer.
Digital dental radiographs may be necessary to check the condition of your teeth underneath the gums and to check for jaw and hard tissue problems.
We use an intra-oral camera so you can also see the inside of your mouth to better understand a diagnosis or recommendation
After all your personal dental information has been collected, Dr. Sagarian will explain the findings and conclude a preventative and/or treatment plan that aims at optimizing the health of your mouth. Visit our office today in Bakersfield for your family’s first consultation.