Dr. Strietzel is committed to delivering the perfect first dental visit. Excellent dental care only happens when you feel comfortable.Your safety is his utmost priority, especially during this pandemic, so rest assured that precautionary measures are being implemented.A one-on-one comprehensive exam will be performed to get to know you better, as well as your medical history, dental history, and everything else that can be relevant to your treatment.
Your First Dental Check Up
with Dr. Strietzel
B L O G | S U N R I S E D E N T I S T R Y
Most of us regularly make a dentist
appointment to have our teeth cleaned and
checked, as it is recommended that we do
this once every six months. Once a year,
the exam should include a set of bitewing
x-rays, which help to identify decay
between the teeth.
Patients who are under treatment for gum
issues, such as gingivitis and periodontal
disease, are advised to have cleanings
more often, usually three to four times a
year. Here is what to expect when you
come to our office for the first time.
On your first dental visit to Dr. Strietzel’s,
you will first be screened for Covid-19, and
your temperature will be taken, which is
routine for all patients. If you downloaded
and filled out the new patient forms from
our website in advance, you are all set to go
to the chair when a staff member comes to
seat you. Your first dental visit should be a
comprehensive exam with bitewing and
First, the dental assistant will take x-rays.
If you think you might have current x-rays
with your previous dentist, we will ask you
to contact them to send the x-rays to us.
We do try to avoid taking unnecessary x-
rays, so as not to incur unnecessary
expense or exposure. The x-rays are a very
important diagnostic tool for Dr. Strietzel.
Bitewing x-rays help Dr. Strietzel to
identify issues that can’t be seen during a
regular oral exam. These x-rays also help
Dr. Strietzel find symptoms of clenching
and grinding, such as widened periodontal
ligaments or angled bone loss. They help
us see treatments that your teeth have
already had and show us the presence of
decay, fractures, and infection.
The Panoramic x-ray is a radiograph that
goes around the head. It gives us a whole
picture of the jawline, and even some of the
sinuses. This exam is done especially for
identifying wisdom teeth positioning, cysts,
tumors, and cancer. Panoramic x-rays are
also useful in determining any degree of