New Patient Information
A routine visit, say for example a new patient, of course we're going to once we've taken care of all the clerical administrative aspects, we'll welcome them to our practice. We'll take a good thorough examination, do any x-rays that we feel are necessary. Part of the examination, of course, is oral cancer screening. We do that every time, on every patient that we're doing routine care on. Once again, that's very important to me because we've found oral cancer. It's fun to do other cosmetic stuff too, but it's really gratifying to know that you found something that can help a patient's life.
I have a patient that comes to mind that she came to us. She had a very, very small white lesion on her tongue. I was about ready to dismiss it because it didn't look that bad, but given her age and given her smoking history, said, “You know, let's go ahead and do a brush biopsy on that. Just to be sure.” We did that and it was Squamous-cell carcinoma. Fortunately, we caught it very, very early. She now continues to come to us. She's doing fine. I'm proud that we were able to find that and I feel really good about that. Of course, we do oral cancer screening. That's very important.
Most patients we'll end up cleaning, do prophylaxis on, assuming there's no emergency needs. If it's really bad periodontal disease, of course we'll have them back another day. Above all, we'll listen to the patient. Everyone's not the same. We have things that we typically do, but if someone comes in and yeah, the need a cleaning, yeah, they need this, but this tooth bothers them and they're really bother by it, we're going to do whatever we can to address their need, right then and right there, if we can. You can't always do that. Some procedures take an hour or two. We might not have that amount of time, but rather than stuff them in a mold and do the same thing every time, we want to listen to our patients and do what we can to address their most important concerns. It might vary from the path depending on what they express to us.
If you are new to Gilbart Dental Care, you have come to the right place! On this page, you will find the basics of what you need to know about getting started at our office. We highly recommend that you fill out our new patient forms before your first visit. If you would like to know more about what a visit to our office is like, please visit our page on dental cleanings and exams.
If you still need to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of our convenient locations. You can reach our Frederick location at 240-513-7523. You can reach our Hagerstown location at 240-347-0910. You can also use our online form to send us a message. We will be happy to help you!