For Our New Patients – FAQs, Facts, and First Visits
Your First Visit
At your first visit, you will be greeted with a welcoming smile as soon as you step into our office. Next, you will spend time with Dr. Briscoe discussing your oral health goals and desires. A comprehensive exam will be performed in one of our hi-tech treatment rooms. This will include an evaluation of your teeth, gums, bite (occlusion) and jaw (TMJ) joints. Using this information, Dr. Briscoe will create the best treatment options for you. We want to spend the time at your first visit getting to know you.
New Patient Forms
Please complete your new patient forms and bring them with you to your first appointment.
- Privacy Practices
- Receipt of Privacy Practices
- Private Health Information Release Authorization
- Children’s Medical History
- Dental History
- Insurance Release and Financial Policy
- Medical History
- Patient Information Form
Care and Comforts
Your dental visit shouldn’t feel like a cold, impersonal chore. We make sure that you’re comfortable while you’re here. We have a music selection through satellite radio, and can offer you neck pillows to help you relax comfortably in your dental chair. We have bird feeders outside our treatment rooms, which always seem to be bustling with excitement!
We will help you with your insurance paperwork. We do accept the assignment of benefit, but ask our patients to pay their estimated balance at their visit.
We accept checks, Visa, Discover and MasterCard. We also accept third party financing through Care Credit. If you have any questions about payment, we’ll be happy to discuss them with you.
For more information on Care Credit or to apply, please click here.
What if I have an emergency?
Why do I need x-rays?
How does dental insurance work?
Do you use silver / mercury filling material OR white/composite material?
Yes, many times in a back molar the strength of a silver amalgam restoration (filling) will outweigh the advantage of a tooth colored restoration.Over the last 20 years, there has been concern about the safety of silver amalgam restorations. Silver amalgam is a material that consists of a powder made up of silver, tin and small amounts of other metals. When these materials are mixed with mercury, a doughy material is formed and can be placed in a cavity preparation. In a short time, the material hardens to silver colored metal that will make a long lasting restoration.
The concern about amalgam is a question about mercury release over time.
If released, is mercury dangerous? There have not been any studies in peer reviewed journals that suggest that silver amalgam restorations are unsafe. In fact, the amount of mercury released in one year’s time is less that the amount present in one can of tuna fish.Tooth-colored fillings are also an effective method to fill cavities. A composite resin is colored to match your own teeth, then applied to the cavity. It creates a tight seal that keeps out liquid and debris that could cause more decay. It doesn’t expand or contract with heat or cold, and it’s strong and durable. Best of all, no one can tell you’ve had a cavity filled!
Patients always have a choice when choosing their restorations. Dr. Briscoe will recommend what he feels best for the situation.