First Visit & New Patient Exam

First Visit & New Patient Exam

Our doctors perform thorough, gentle exams and will explain their findings to you in detail.

Knowledgeable, Friendly Care

When you come to our office, you will meet our friendly staff who will make you feel like you are part of the family. They will help you with any needed paperwork, answer any questions you have and make sure your visit is efficient and pleasant.

Dr. Bergmann and Dr. Izu are expert dentists with over 30 years of experience each. They are very friendly and caring and will really listen to your goals and concerns. Your doctor will do a very thorough oral exam to determine what will work best to take care of your dental needs.

Helping you achieve your smile goals

Our doctors are dedicated to providing you the best-quality dentistry possible to help you achieve your smile goals. They know that a beautiful smile needs a foundation of excellent dental health. Thus they plan your treatments to include preserving your dental health so your smile can be both beautiful and long-lasting.

Your New Patient Exam

Here’s what will happen during your new patient exam:

Digital X-rays

First Visit & New Patient Exam

We use digital X-rays which emit 80% less radiation than traditional X-rays.

We start by taking a full series of digital X-rays of your teeth and jaw. Our digital X-ray devices emit only a small fraction of the radiation used by traditional X-ray machines. The X-ray images appear instantly on an iPad so you and the doctor can look at them together while discussing the results of your exam.


The doctor will go over your health history with you, and will ask you about your dental concerns and your goals for your smile. The doctor will listen to you and ask questions in order to understand exactly what you would like to address. They will also answer any questions you may have.

Detailed oral exam

First Visit & New Patient Exam

Our doctors will give you a thorough and comprehensive oral exam.

You will receive a detailed exam which will cover all aspects of your health and smile. After reviewing your X-rays, the doctor will first perform an oral cancer screening and an assessment of your bite and jaw joints to see if there are any TMJ (jaw joint) problems.

The doctor will thoroughly inspect each of your teeth. Any decay, broken fillings, damaged restorations or broken teeth will be observed and noted. He or she will also check for any loose teeth and will note any that are missing. If you have any dental implants from prior treatment, they will be checked for health and stability.

The doctor will gently probe the depth of your gum pockets to assess the extent of any gum disease, and will inspect your gums for any gum recession.

Exam results and treatment options

First Visit & New Patient Exam

The doctors will explain your treatment options in detail to you.

Dr. Bergmann or Dr. Izu will take great care to explain the results of your exam to you in detail. The doctors will present your treatment options and will take the time to discuss them with you. They will answer any questions in terms you can understand, so that you can make an informed decision about treatment.

The doctors feel it is their responsibility to let you know what your treatment options are so you can make an informed decision. This way you can always live with your decision because you don’t have to look back later saying “I wish I had known that there are other options.”

To make an appointment, call 760‑349‑7100 or click here to request an appointment online.