Getting Ready to Meet Your New Dentist

Finding a new dentist isn't easy, especially when you're forced to leave one you've trusted and gone to for years for all your dental care. Unfortunately, moving and other circumstances may force you to search for a new dental provider. At Prince Creek Dental Care, we work hard to make the process of seeing a new dentist for the first time as easy as possible. Here's everything you need to know about visiting our Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, practice for the first time: 

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

Before you sit in our dentist's chair, we recommend setting up an initial consultation so you can meet in a relaxed environment. You can ask any questions you have about our dentist's qualifications and your own dental health concerns, and our dentist will discuss all the dental services we provide. 

Paperwork

If all goes well with your consultation, we schedule your first official appointment soon after. Prior to this appointment, we'll ask you to complete our New Patient Form, which you can download and complete in advance. Otherwise, please arrive at least 20 minutes early so you have ample time to complete these forms. This paperwork asks for basic information like your name, age and address, as well as information regarding your dental and medical history and any insurance coverage, if applicable. 

Comprehensive Examination

Before your appointment, our dentist will carefully review your paperwork to gain a better understanding of your dental health history. When you arrive for your appointment our dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums, looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health complications. Following the exam, we'll professionally clean your teeth, which helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

X-Ray

After the comprehensive exam and cleaning, our dentist will take x-rays of your mouth to assess the state of your teeth and bone structure and detect any problems not identified during the exam. These x-rays take just a few short minutes to complete and the images are displayed instantly on a computer screen so our dentist can review the results with out. Additionally, our digital x-rays expose our patients to far less radiation than traditional films, making them much safer. 

Post-Exam Conversation

Once your exam, cleaning and x-rays are complete, our dentist will go over the results with you. The dentist will inform you of any abnormalities found and recommend treatments to address those issues. We'll provide you with the total cost of any recommended procedures and discuss payment options with you. 

Follow-Up Appointment

If your teeth and gums were found to be in good shape, we'll schedule your next teeth cleaning and exam six months in the future. If any problems were found and treatments were recommended, however, we'll work with you to schedule your next appointment so you can receive the care you need as soon as possible.