First Visit & New Patient Exam
Knowledgeable, Friendly Care
Dr. Levine, Dr. Porras and our staff are dedicated to providing you with state-of-the-art periodontal treatment in a friendly and caring environment. We’ll make you feel at home while taking care of your every need from the moment you first reach out to us.
When you arrive for your first appointment, you will meet our friendly staff who will make sure your visit is efficient and comfortable. Our doctors are known for their caring, friendly chairside manners and for really listening to patients’ goals and concerns. They will take the time to thoroughly explain the results of your exam, present your treatment options in an easy-to-understand manner, and answer all your questions.
Keeping your teeth healthy for life
Our doctors work to resolve your immediate concerns while also doing what will be best for your long-term oral health. The guiding principle is that good oral health is essential for good overall health. Our goal is to help you keep your teeth and gums in optimum condition in terms of health, function and aesthetics for the rest of your life.
A friendly welcome
Before the day of your first appointment, Dr. Levine or Dr. Porras will personally call you to welcome you, get to know you and answer any initial questions. When you arrive at our office, our friendly receptionist will help you complete any needed paperwork and offer you a choice of refreshment. One of our treatment assistants will then greet you and give you a full tour of our office to help you feel comfortable and at home in our practice.
Your New Patient Exam
Dr. Levine or Dr. Porras will give you a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation using the latest digital imaging technology. Advanced digital imaging allows him to be very accurate in his evaluation and gives him the ability to plan every aspect of your treatment for optimum results.
Your exam starts with full digital X-rays. Our digital X-ray system emits 80 percent less radiation than traditional X-rays, and produces highly detailed images that are available in seconds. Digital X-rays are much clearer than film X-rays, and the doctor can magnify them as needed for closer inspection.
Depending on the circumstances, we may also take a digital panoramic X-ray for an overview of your entire mouth. Panoramic X-rays provide a two-dimensional display of all the teeth and supporting jawbone in one large image, and give the doctors a more comprehensive view of a patient’s oral condition. Panoramic X-rays also show features that are not visible in limited X-rays.
Cone beam 3D CT scan
When needed, we will use our state-of-the-art cone beam 3D CT scanner to obtain comprehensive 360-degree views of your teeth, jaws and surrounding structures. These images can be viewed from any angle and magnified as desired.
3D imaging allows the doctors to thoroughly and accurately diagnose your oral health without having to use invasive methods. It also provides them with the detailed information they need to precisely plan advanced procedures such as dental implant placement and bone grafting.
Digital photos of your teeth, gums and smile
We take a full set of intraoral and extraoral digital photos of your teeth, gums, bite and smile for treatment planning and for your patient records.
Intraoral camera images show details about the state of your teeth and gums that are not visible on X-rays. Extraoral pictures clearly show your bite relationship and smile, and any irregularities in your bite alignment.
Comprehensive oral exam
Your doctor will conduct a very thorough and comprehensive oral examination. He will inspect your teeth and gums and check your bite alignment and jaw joints. He will also probe the depth of the gum pockets around each tooth to determine the presence and extent of any gum disease, and will do a manual and visual inspection of your head, neck and mouth to check for signs of oral cancer. If you are wearing dentures, he will check their fit, bite alignment and comfort as well.
We coordinate with your physician as needed
Sometimes significant medical issues can influence the procedures we would use to address your concerns. If you have any medical condition that might influence your dental care, or are taking medications prescribed by your physician for certain problems, we will contact your physician and confer with them about the best way to provide you the periodontal care you need.
Findings and treatment plan
After the examination, your doctor will present his findings in detail and in easy-to-understand terms, so you have a clear understanding of your oral health. He will explain your treatment options and take the time answer any questions you may have to your full satisfaction.
Complimentary New Patient Exam
Come and see us for a Complimentary New Patient Exam. You will receive a comprehensive examination as described above, including full-mouth digital X-rays and a panoramic X-ray, as needed (does not include CT scan). Your doctor will evaluate the condition of your oral health, consult with you about your treatment goals and explain your treatment options in detail.
To make an appointment, call 954‑727‑8468 or click here to request an appointment online.