Your first visit to our office typically includes a comprehensive exam, an oral cancer screening, intraoral photographs, a periodontal evaluation and a full mouth series of digital x-rays. These digital x-rays allow Dr. McDonald to check for decay and abnormalities of the bone and supporting structures. Digital photography allows us to tie in our diagnosis with the planned dental treatment.
The initial visit also involves getting your medical history. When you share your medical history, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform Dr. McDonald 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 Dr. McDonald of any changes in your health or medications. This information will help Dr. McDonald select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you.
We encourage regular checkups for individuals age four and up. Most people find that it is valuable to have a checkup at least every six months so Dr. McDonald can:
- 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 x-rays by our hygienist. During the oral exam, Dr. McDonald checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, Dr. McDonald also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
Regular checkup appointments typically take 40 - 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.
Dr. John R. McDonald
14100 San Pedro, Suite 318
San Antonio, TX 78232
Thursday 7:30- 4:00