Things You Need To Know...
Your first visit with Swonke Family Dentistry establishes a vital foundation for our relationship with you. During the first visit, we make sure to obtain important background information, like your medical history, medications lists, as well as other diagnoistics and give you time to get to know your doctor. To understand what to expect for your first visit to our practice, please read through this page. You'll find all the practical information you need, such as a map and directions to our office, payment policies and more. There's also background information about our committed staff and our first visit procedures.
Our practice is working together to realize a shared vision of uncompromising excellence in dentistry.
To fulfill this mission, we are committed to:
- Listening to those we are privileged to serve.
- Earn the trust and respect of patients, profession and community.
- Exceed your expectations.
- Ensure a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment.
- Strive for continuous improvement at all levels.
Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has all of the needed information to provide the best possible care for you. It also will help relieve any unnecessary anxiety you may be feeling. Educate yourself on your symptoms by reviewing the content on this Web site. Also, take some time to review our staff page and familiarize yourself with the doctors. We look forward to your first visit.
What to Expect
On your first visit to our office, the assistant will collect a full health history, please bring your medications lists including dose amounts if applies, so we can make a copy. On subsequent visits, if your health status has changed, make sure to tell the staff. Most dental visits are checkups. Regular checkups (ideally every six months) will help your teeth stay cleaner, last longer and can prevent painful problems from developing.
X-rays and other Diagnostics
X-rays can diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth. Our office uses machines that emit virtually no radiation — no more than you would receive from a day in the sun or a weekend watching TV. A series of 4 Bitewing X-rays will be taken on all new patients. And, if you are pregnant, inform us, as X-rays should only be taken in emergency situations.
Your dentist will also ask for a Panoramic X-ray, or Panorex. This type of film provides a complete view of your upper and lower jaw in a single picture, and helps the dentist understand your bite and the relationship between the different teeth and your arch. As well as Intraoral photographs which will help with insurance and to show patients where the affected areas are.
A thorough cleaning
Checkups almost always include a complete cleaning, either from your dentist or a dental hygienist. Using special instruments, our dental hygienist will scrape below the gumline, removing built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Your hygienist may also polish and floss your teeth as well as completing a peridontic charting.
A full examination
Your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, looking for signs of disease or other problems. His goal is to help maintain your good oral health and to prevent problems from becoming serious, by identifying and treating them as soon as possible.
Directions from I-45....
- Come into The Woodlands on Research Forest Dr (approx. 2 miles)
- Turn Right onto Technology Forest. (See**below)
Directions from the intersection of Research Forest and Gosling........
- Turn onto Research Forest toward I-45; be in the left lane
- Turn Left at the first intersection, Technology Forest
**Turn Left into the first drive. The parking area is circular in shape.
After exiting your vehicle, walk over the bridge and come to the far left end of the building.
You will see the number 200 posted above our door.