New Patient Experience

Welcome To Our Dental Office in Missoula, MT!

Our doors are always open to welcome new patients. Dr. Rosser and his staff are skilled at treating patients from all dental backgrounds and make every effort to ensure that your appointment is a positive experience. We pledge to provide you with the best oral healthcare and restorative techniques available. Our well trained dental team will do everything possible to serve you in a professional manner and with the attention and courtesy that each of our patients deserve. You can count on us to provide the service and the education you need to assure a long lasting beautiful smile!

About Your First Dental Visit

About Your First Dental Visit

After being warmly welcomed to the office and introduced to Dr. Rosser, he will begin your first appointment by reviewing your completed information forms, discussing your overall health and your past dental experiences with you. He will listen to your concerns about your dental needs and answer any questions concerning your dental health or cosmetic issues. You will be treated as a unique individual with distinct personal and professional needs.

Once acquainted, Dr. Rosser will start a comprehensive oral examination. He will perform a soft tissue exam followed by a thorough decay, restorative and periodontal evaluation. After gathering the necessary information he will fully explain his findings with you and recommend your treatment needs and options. We believe that patients who understand their dental problems are best able to participate in their care. Your understanding and education is vital to successful treatment.

Our office will then provide you with cost information and your insurance options will be thoroughly discussed with you. No treatment will be performed without your consent.

The Details of a Comprehensive Oral Exam

During your oral examination Dr. Rosser evaluates the integrity of each tooth, the supporting gum and bone tissue, your bite, jaw joint and other conditions which include screening for oral cancer and other pathological conditions or abnormalities. He also looks for cracks in existing fillings that may be causing decay beneath a restoration and may test the vitality of specific teeth. He will take the necessary digital x-rays to complete his evaluation. If you wear a partial or a full denture, he checks the fit and evaluates your bone structure and the overall condition of the prosthetic.

Digital X-rays

Dental x-rays are necessary in order to do a full evaluation of a patient's dental health. We request that all available previously taken x-rays be forwarded to our office before your first appointment. If previous x-rays are outdated or major dental changes have occurred since they were taken, then new digital x-rays are required as part of a full and complete record of your oral health. Our digital x-ray equipment is state of the art. We only use computer generated digital imaging, which offers the highest quality resolution with the lowest radiation dosage.

About Your first Hygiene Visit

We consider your hygiene session to be one of the most valuable services our dental practice can provide to our patients. Good oral health is the gateway to good over-all health. A comprehensive cleaning, evaluation and personalized home care program to maintain your dentition is essential for a clean, healthy and beautiful smile.

Our Hygienist's Education and Training

Hygienists receive extensive, specialized education and training which includes courses in chemistry, head and neck anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, nutrition and pharmacology, as well as, courses in advanced dental sciences and dental hygiene. Prior to graduation, hygienists must complete hundreds of hours of supervised instruction in clinical practice. We are proud of the hygienist we employ and can assure you that she will provide you with the highest standard of care.

The Details of a Hygiene Visit

The Details of a Hygiene Visit

After being introduced and reviewing your records, your hygienist will carefully examine your teeth, mouth and gums and pre-screen for any signs of decay, periodontal disease or other problems. Measurements will be made of the gum tissue surrounding each tooth and recorded so that the health of the tissue can be monitored. She will then thoroughly clean all surfaces of your teeth, removing plaque, tartar and stains from above and below the gum line.

During your dental cleaning your hygienist will use floss, special cleaning compounds and instruments specifically designed to clean your teeth effectively and comfortably, like ultrasonic cleaners and rotary instruments. If you haven't had your teeth cleaned for an extended period of time you may require specialized advanced treatment for periodontal disease, such as, scaling and root planning. The hygienist may apply fluoride gels or other treatment at the end of such procedures.

Your hygienist will also take the necessary digital x-rays to update your records so that Dr. Rosser can view them and quickly diagnose any problems that may exist. An early diagnosis is preferable to avoid costly treatment or tooth loss. We recommend biannual hygiene visits to assure the continuance of good oral healthcare.

In addition to the services described, your hygienist will teach you how to effectively care for your teeth at home to help you prevent decay and periodontal disease, show you how to select the proper toothbrush and dental floss and will demonstrate the most effective techniques for brushing and flossing. You'll go home with a packet containing a sampling of approved products for your home care.

In some cases your hygienist may also explain the relationship between a healthy nutritional diet and how it effects your dental health, offering suggestions about which foods to select and which to avoid.