At St. Johns Smile Care, we provide everything you need for your dental care, from comprehensive exams to oral surgery. Our high-quality care is given hand-in-hand with a friendly, supportive team of professionals. When you need oral healthcare, look no further!
Prior to Dental Exams
After calling our office to schedule your appointment, please be sure to check your email for an invitation to log into our St Johns Smile Care Patient Portal!
Here you will be able to fill out all necessary documents prior to your appointment. This is very important because it will give Dr. Drew and his team the full amount of time to spend evaluating you clinically. It will also prevent us from running into the next patient’s allotted appointment time. Dr. Drew likes to give the maximum amount of time to everyone no matter what, so you will never feel rushed to leave.
If you are coming from another dentist, please have them forward your dental chart and x-ray history to St Johns Smile Care so we can upload it to your electronic dental chart. Your old office can send these to us one of two ways:
1) Via email: info@StJohnsSmileCare.com
2) Fax: (904) 602-9995
What to Expect During Your Dental Exam
During an oral exam, you may see a dental hygienist first. The hygienist will review your health history, discuss any concerns you have with your teeth, and begin by evaluating the health of your gums. If you haven’t had recent x-rays, Dr. Drew will probably recommend obtaining them at that time. Following x-rays, you will meet Dr. Drew and talk about any concerns you may have with your oral health. After Dr. Drew completes the exam, he will prescribe the cleaning best suited for you based on his diagnosis. The hygienist will then clean your teeth, talk to you about your oral health habits and make any necessary instructions for oral hygiene.
Types of Exams
Dental exams are an essential part of oral health for children and adults. This is the time when your dentist can identify problems like tooth decay, gum disease, “bad bite”/malocclusion, crowding/spacing, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) or even oral cancer. Recognizing these conditions early can make treatment easier and more affordable.
Each exam has a specific purpose:
- Comprehensive (D0150) – A comprehensive exam is not only a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums, but we also evaluate for oral cancer and jaw joint disorders. During this time, Dr. Drew will look for any signs or symptoms of tooth decay, defective fillings or crowns, gum disease, as well as tooth or gum related infections. Again, you will also be checked for symptoms of TMD and screened for any signs of oral cancer.
- Limited (D0140) – Limited exams are geared towards a particular problem that you are having. For instance, if your tooth hurts and you’re not sure why, you can schedule a limited exam to get the problem diagnosed.
- Second Opinion – Did you hear some news you’re not sure about from another dentist or specialist? Or did someone suggest a treatment that you aren’t certain is for you? Dr. Drew is more than happy to give you an evaluation to offer a second opinion.
At St. Johns Smile Care, we provide our patients with high-quality care in a friendly, supportive environment. Our services range from preventative screening and exams to restorative and surgical care. We offer the best care for your oral health and we want you satisfied!