What to Expect at Your First Dental Visit

Dental Exam

Every new patient in the dental office deserves a thorough and comprehensive exam. I congratulate you for making your dental care a priority. 

During your first dental exam, your medical history is reviewed and a baseline blood pressure is taken. A detailed oral cancer screening is done to check for lumps in the head or neck. We check to make sure there are no irregular lesions that have been there more than two weeks. A Velscope is used to detect lesions under the tissue. 

An exam of the TMJ is done by checking the range of motion and the muscles for tension or tenderness.

We make sure there are no sounds coming from the joint such as popping, clicking, or crunching.

An airway exam is done, which includes a series of questions concerning your quality of sleep. We also look carefully at the oral space you have for your teeth, tongue and tonsils. If it is determined there might be an issue, more testing would be done. 

When you have your first dental exam your teeth are charted for a record of what is existing. Your gum tissue is checked for gum disease and to determine what type of gum treatment or cleaning you need. X-rays and/or a CBCT are taken to see if there are cavities, abscesses, bone loss, TMJ problems and implant treatment. Finishing up the dental exam involves a final tooth-by-tooth condition check is done to determine if there are any problems that can be taken care of before they become more expensive or painful. 

About the author

Stacey Sparkman Hall, D.D.S.

Dr. Stacey Hall brings her unique outlook on dental care and her personable optimism to the Williamsburg Center for Dental Health. With nine years of solid dental expertise as a dentist in Williamsburg, she decided in early 2011 to branch out and open her own local practice. After completing her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 1998, Dr. Hall graduated from VCU’s MCV School of Dentistry in 2002, receiving her D.D.S. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and was awarded member fellowship to the International Congress of Oral Implantology in 2008. She leads the elite Tidewater Dawson Study Club and is a scholar with the interntaionally renowned Dawson Academy. As a Dawson ambassador, Dr. Hall also assists in the training of students in the Dawson Academy. Stacey and her husband Michael have been blessed with three beautiful girls, Lanie, Gracie and Abbie. She is a loyal Virginia Tech Football fan, and enjoys Bible study and missions work.

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