Scott J Crews DDS

826 North Mullan Road Suite C
Spokane Valley, WA 99206-4094
(509) 924-1580

Initial Visit

We feel a comprehensive initial examination is extremely important. Because of this, we schedule a one hour appointment with the dentist for all adult new patients. This initial appointment will involve a review of medical and dental history, updating x-rays, an oral cancer screening, a gum screening, and careful tooth examination. Our focus is on you, your needs, wants, and desires.  We always take the time necessary to understand exactly what your oral health concerns are, so that we can help you achieve your goals.

For documentation purposes, we ask that you fill out health history,dental history, and patient privacy forms prior to your initial appointment. When we go over your medical and dental history, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health, including if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill. Also tell the doctor the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking and the name of your physician. Make sure you bring up any unpleasant experiences you have had at past dental appointments, so that we can work to avoid those and make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Patient Forms

» Registration [PDF]
» Health History Form [PDF]
» Privacy Policy [PDF]

Please download and complete these forms prior to your first appointment

X-rays are typically updated at your new patient exam. We feel it is important to have a full mouth set of x-rays or a panoramic x-ray (see below) taken every 3-5 years with bitewing x-rays usually taken annually. X-rays help the dentist view the structure of the jaw including: the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, tooth decay, infection and other dental/jaw abnormalities.

The oral cancer screening involves looking for anything atypical on the gums, the hard palate, soft palate, tongue floor of the mouth and the lips. If you have noticed any lumps, bumps or non-healing sores in or around your mouth please inform us so we can evaluate them. Oral cancer is a very serious disease and so we make early detection a priority.

Last, but not least, a tooth examination is completed and any areas of concern are noted. Sometimes an intra-oral camera is utilized to help show these problem areas. Various options to correct those problems are discussed and we form a treatment plan based on your goals and desires and our recommendations. This treatment plan then becomes the blue print we use to help you improve your oral health.

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