First Visit

First-time patients can look forward to an initial visit that is generally broken up into 3 parts.

We will begin with a thorough cleaning and examination of the head, throat, and most obviously, the mouth. Full mouth x-rays will be taken to get better familiarized with your jaw structure, your teeth, and any abnormalities that can be picked up with the x-ray machine.

Finally, Dr. Al Gulum will take all the available information about you and your teeth and have an informative discussion including any treatment options in a calm and comfortable atmosphere.

Please help shorten the appointment time by providing the following information at the time of your initial visit:

  • A list of current medications
  • Any previous dental x-rays, if applicable
  • Medical or dental insurance information
  • Completed insurance forms

Patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please check with your medical or dental insurance provider to ensure that Dr. Al Gulum participates in the plan. Additionally, bringing completed insurances forms to your first visit saves us time and allows us to quickly process any claims.

Please contact our Fresh Meadows, NY office, if you have a condition or illness, please let us know prior to oral surgery. Some common examples include high blood pressure, diabetes, artificial heart valves, etc. Also let us know if you take medications such as aspirin, heart medication, anticoagulants, etc., or if you require antibiotics before dental cleanings.

X-Rays/Digital Imaging

If you have had x-rays taken within the past six months by your previous dentist, you can request to have the images forwarded to our Fresh Meadows dental office. Please arrange to pick up the x-rays if time is of the essence, prior to your initial visit.

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