What should you expect in your first visit?
If it is an emergency visit due to "toothache", we will alleviate the pain and solve the urgent problem; ideally, it is always better to schedule a dentist appointment ahead of such unpleasant situations. An introductory dental appointment does not necessarily lead to the visiting person becoming a patient. The true goal of the visit is to fully understand the person's condition, needs, and any developing situations. In practice, the first visit consists of a series of questions and a clinical examination, based on which a decision is made whether and how to proceed.
Does the Biscaro Poggio Clinic offer anything special during the first visit?
We believe we do: a clear and transparent dialogue which we consider an essential element of our service. Fully understanding the patient's needs and explaining in detail the way any required treatment will be performed reassures the patient and prevents unpleasant or unexpected surprises. Obviously, such dialogue goes on beyond the first visit and is the foundation on which the entire patient-clinic relationship is built.
What is being established at the conclusion of the first visit?
If you do not require dental treatment, future periodic checkups are recommended. In particular, for children during the period of changing teeth free half-yearly checkups are strongly recommended. If on the other hand you require an immediate treatment, we proceed at once to the data collection phase.
What happens during the data collection phase?
This is a fundamental step and therefore should be handled with utmost care and professionalism. To ensure the effectiveness of treatments the diagnosis must be perfectly accurate. During this session we take photographs of the patient's face and teeth. Dental arch configuration is analyzed and logged to allow consequent treatment simulation, especially prior to those affecting the patient's appearance. When required, X-ray exams are performed. X-ray exams are all performed using low-dose radiographic systems, and range from simple digital intraoral radiographic imaging to Cone Beam volume CT (CBCT) that allows us to view the arches in 3D, for an accurate assessment of the condition of the teeth, temporomandibular joints, airways, bone levels (in case implant insertion is planned), and the position of wisdom teeth (in case extraction is planned). Once this large mass of data has been collected, we can proceed to studying the specific case and to the consulting phase.
What happens during consultation? Can I understand the kind of treatment my condition requires and get to know every detail related to my case?
Absolutely! As mentioned earlier, we believe that good healthcare is based on proper communication. During consultation, the patient's dental problems are illustrated and possible solutions are discussed, therapeutic methods and techniques are explained and specific treatment-related images are shown. All aspects that the patient wishes to learn more about (regarding implants, prostheses of various types, the composition of ceramics, orthodontic braces, etc.) are explained and demonstrated unhurriedly in an helpful and friendly atmosphere. Even aspects related to time and costs are described clearly to help the patient get a complete, fully transparent view of the proposed therapy, listed item by item. If the patient comes from far away or has time-related constraints, this diagnostic phase can be, upon request, completed in a single session.