Your First Visit

First visit? Here’s what to expect. 

Whether it's your first time seeing the dentist ever or just your first time at Western Dental, here's what you need to know.

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Been a while? Your dental exam is on us!

Guess how important it is to get your teeth checked? It's so important, that we'll give you a complete dental check-up for free*, including X-Rays.
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We love Medi-Cal!

We're the number #1 Medi-Cal Dental provider in California, and proud of it. Just show us your Medi-Cal card when you arrive. Need help enrolling? We can help you apply.

The Orthodontist will see you now: Free of charge

We provide free Orthodontic consultations at every location — from certified Orthodontists — for kids and adults. Just call for an appointment.

What do you need to bring on your first visit?

Well, your teeth for starters. Including false teeth, bridges, retainers and any other dental items you use. We’ll also need:

  • Insurance cards and a photo ID
  • Recent dental X-Rays (within 6 months) if you have them
  • Complete information about your medical and dental health history
  • A list of your current medications
  • A way to pay for co-pays and out of pocket costs

Want the details? Here's how your first visit will go

We’ll check every single tooth

Plus your gums, tongue and cheeks. Healthy teeth depend on a healthy mouth. Your dentist will check all of the structures and surfaces in your mouth for cavities, gum disease, infections and other possible health problems.

We’ll clean above and below your gums

Your hygienist or dentist will clean along and below the gum line with an ultra-sonic tool or a dental scraper to remove built-up plaque and tartar. Once all the tartar and plaque are gone, they will polish and floss your teeth.

We’ll take X-Rays, too

If you haven’t had X-Rays recently, the dentist will order a set of your entire mouth. X-Rays reveal problems that the dentist can’t see just by looking. Things like cracked teeth, infections, cavities and decay between teeth, even life-threatening illnesses like tumors and oral cancers are often first discovered from an X-Ray.

We’ll talk about your oral health

We’ll make sure you know the basics of brushing and flossing and tell you if there are any problems, like a cavity or signs of gum disease. If you need specialized care, we’ll explain why and tell you all of your options.

We’ll make a plan

If your teeth are healthy, great! We’ll send you home with a plan for taking care of them and an appointment for a return visit in six months. If you need additional procedures or treatment we’ll help you plan for what you need, including affordable financing from Western Dental.