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Knowing what to expect during your first visit to a new dentist can help you feel calm and prepared for your first appointment. During your first consultation, you will get to know your new dentist and our friendly and caring office staff. You will also have time to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the health and well-being of your smile. New patients at our office generally undergo a comprehensive oral health examination from their new dentist. The exam may include dental x-rays and a professional cleaning from one of our dental hygienists.

What To Bring To Your First Appointment

For your first appointment, there are several things you can bring with you to make your visit as simple and convenient as possible, including:

  • Your dental insurance card (if applicable)
  • Any recent dental x-rays
  • Information about your medical history, including medications
  • A form of identification, such as your driver’s license or military ID

Bring a list of questions you want to ask our staff during your appointment as well.

What to Expect Durring Your Visit

The goal of your first dental appointment is to get to know the staff and meet your dentist. During this visit, you will likely meet with your dentist to discuss your specific oral health goals and any concerns you may have.

Discuss Your History

Your dentist may ask you about your dental history, so you should be prepared to discuss past dental work as well as any changes you have noticed in your smile.

Comprehensive Oral Health Exam

Your dentist will check the health of your teeth and gums and examine any existing restorations. They will likely also examine your jaw and the way your teeth fit together. The oral exam allows your dentist to obtain a complete picture of the health of your smile. If you have not had x-rays taken within the past six months, you will likely have some taken during this appointment as well.

Treatment Plan

After your initial evaluation, your dentist can discuss your treatment options with you, so that you can make an educated decision about how to proceed.

Dental Cleaning

Depending on your needs, you may also have a professional cleaning from a dental hygienist during this appointment. In some cases, your dentist may recommend waiting until your next appointment.

How Long Will It Take?

An initial dental appointment typically takes between one and two hours. Generally, it is best to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to complete any patient forms. Preparing for your appointment in advance can help expedite the visit.

Payment Information

After your appointment, we can provide you with a personalized estimate of the cost of your treatment plan. In many cases, we can also contact your insurance provider to discuss coverage. During this appointment, you can also learn more about what types of payment we accept and the financing options we offer. Understanding your coverage and options can help you make a more informed decision about your treatment.

Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

Dr. John F. Rink is committed to personalized excellence in every smile. He has been practicing for over 35 years and is a member of the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • South Carolina Dental Association
  • Pankey Institute
  • American Academy of Oral Systemic Health
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

To learn more about our services or schedule a consultation, reach our practice online or call (843) 806-3972.

Schedule an Appointment

The first step to a healthier smile is to contact our office and schedule an appointment. Our staff can answer questions and concerns you have and give you more detailed information about your first visit.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

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YOUR TREATMENT PLAN

To Our Family of Patients,

After much thought and concern for the health of our patients and team, I would like to share with you my thoughts on how the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States can best be managed at our practice. The key issue is prevention. Social distancing is the best solution at this time to prevent the spread of the virus.

Therefore, in conjunction with the South Carolina Dental Association recommendations, I have decided to close our normal practice operation with the exception of emergency and urgent care situations, through the end of March, 2020. I will be available for you and your family for emergency and urgent needs. Please call my personal cell phone if you have any questions or if you need an office visit. I am here for you.

After we have weathered this storm, we will be here to see that you continue to have the excellent care that you and your families deserve. We thank you for the trust that you place in our practice. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship in the future.

My cell phone number: 843-224-0517

To Your Good Oral and Systemic Health!

- Dr. John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD

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