The initial visit to our office is the most important in order to get to know you and your dental concerns. The Doctor will conduct a comprehsive exam of your facial muscles and TMJ, evaluation of your periodontal (gum) status and tooth by tooth inspection. Necessary digital x-rays will be taken to allow us to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay. Intraoral photos will also be taken. All information will be discussed and a treatment plan will be developed with your concerns and treatment options are fully discussed. Hygiene appointments are made according to the findings following the initial exam.
The visit involves a review of your medical history. Current science continues to link systemic health with dental health so please share up-to-date information on your health. Inform our office if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill. Also tell us the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking — whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of your physician. Inform us of any changes in your health or medications. This information will help us select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you.
We encourage regular checkups for individuals age four and up. Regular checkups are important to:
- Check for problems that you might not see or feel
- Find early signs of decay
- Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, your doctor will perform an oral cancer exam and check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue, and will check your existing fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
Regular hygiene appointments typically take about 60 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.
Convenient & Secure Online Services with Sesame 24/7
We value you as our patient and appreciate your commitment for continued oral health. We understand the importance of providing you online convenience to manage your patient information, which is why we are excited to partner with Sesame Communications in our effort to stay connected. Using our convenient online services is easy. You simply log in to your account from our website, where you have access to all of your patient information, online 24-7, in a safe, secure environment that exceeds HIPAA requirements. We are pleased to offer you this convenience free of charge, and to share with you all of the amazing features offered to you through Sesame 24-7:
Email and text message reminders
Customize how you receive appointment reminders with email, text messaging, and/or voicemail. You can also download a reminder for use in your calendar so you don’t forget your next appointment. After you log in to your account profile, you can confirm appointments online - reducing reminders altogether.
Just like our appointment reminders, you can customize how you receive financial reminders through email or voicemail. After you log in to your account profile, you can review and print your financial ledgers without having to call our office.
Online Bill Pay
After you log in to your account profile, review and pay your bills online directly through our website. All online payments are protected in a secure server via SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) so your credit card information is encrypted as you enter it.
Access and review your dental images and X-rays online from the comfort of your own home.
After your appointment, we’ll send you a link to an online survey where you can let us know how we’re doing (and what could use some improvement).
The best part about these features is that they are already available to you! All you need is a personal email account, then call or email our office, and we will gladly provide you with your own personal login information.
You are not only our patient but also a member of our extended family. Thank you for choosing us to be your dental care provider.
Dr. John Poirier, DMD, PA
325-D Kennedy Memorial Drive
Waterville, ME 04901
|Monday||7:30 - 4:30|
|Tuesday||7:30 - 4:30|
|Wednesday||7:30 - 4:00|
|Thursday||7:30 - 4:30|
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