New Patients

Welcome to Smiles for Life in Richmond, Indiana We understand it can be difficult searching for a new dentist. Our dentist can assist you with the numerous services we offer.

Smile Reminders

It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment but now we will remind you with a "Smile Reminder" via email or text message, and even provide driving directions if it's your initial visit. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!

Smile Reminder Consent Form

Download the release of records consent form.

Records Release Form

Initial Consultation

The first step is to call our office and set up an appointment. Consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet and get to know our dentist better. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that we offer and how you can benefit from them.

Paperwork

If you are satisfied with our dentist after the first meeting, our team will assist in setting up an appointment. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out a new patient form along with providing your dental history and records. It is suggested that you come in at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to fill these forms. Our office also provides the choice of filling the forms before coming to the clinic. You can download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information would be stored in our database and will be evaluated prior to your session. If you prefer to fill out this form online, please click the following link:

New Patient Form

This paperwork mostly comes in two categories both of which need to be properly completed. The first one requires your personal details. In this form, you have to fill in personal information such as your name, age, marital status, income range, home address, etc. You will also be required to complete a medical history form. In this form, you must provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and details about dental insurance coverage, policy, and provider.

It is imperative for you to be precise in answering all the questions as any wrong answer could impact your future treatment.

Comprehensive Exam

After reviewing your dental health history, our dentist will most likely examine your gums, teeth and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is performed to study the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so that there are no extra particles in your mouth at that time.

Our dentist will carefully look for any sensitivity, decay and redness around the gums or teeth during the examination; and explain the procedure to you, accordingly. Even though our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled, they might still ask you questions about your teeth while examining them. This is fairly common in the case our dentist sees anything unusual or something which was not mentioned in the forms.

X-Ray

After conducting the comprehensive exam, our dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the condition of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays as they provide our dentist a much detailed view of the teeth and jaw. Our dentist is able to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures easily with the panoramic X-ray.  

Although believed to be a lengthy process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe. The X-rays are a safe procedure for you. Our dentist will guide you through the simple procedure by asking you to bite down on gauze, while the rest of the body is protected from the X-ray machine with a device that will cover it. Only the mouth will be scanned by the machine.

Post Examination Discussion

After the dental exam, our dentist will discuss your results with you. Our dentist will guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that he may have found in your mouth. They may also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic. our dentist will suggest and explain to you the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for your specific needs and will customize it to fit your requirements.  Our main goal is to help you maintain good oral health and solve all of your dental issues.

You will receive the total cost of the particular procedure and can discuss a payment plan accordingly.

Follow-Up Appointment

Once you have met with our dentist and discussed possible treatments you may require, then a follow-up session will be arranged for you according to your availability. During these follow-up sessions, your teeth will be cleaned and prepared for any forthcoming treatments.

It is highly recommended that you visit our clinic for at least two follow up sessions within a single year. This will help prevent the development of oral diseases, tooth decay and cavities. Over the course of these follow-up visits, teeth cleaning and further treatment are performed to keep your teeth in their best condition.

You can call us for an appointment or come to our office today. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have.