Office Visits

Your first visit

The initial visit involves reviewing your medical history. When you share your medical history, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform Dr. Martino 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. Martino of any changes in your health or medications. This information will help Dr. Martino select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you.

Your dental history is also reviewed. It is important to evaluate your dental past dental care, so that we can accurately insure a healthy dental future.

Your first visit to our office typically includes a clinical examination that includes checking for oral cancer, diagnosing whether you have tooth decay and/or loss of their supporting bone. The exam also includes determining whether you have problems with your “TMJ”.   Digital X-rays use the least amount of exposure and allow Dr. Martino to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, tooth decay and the presence of any bone abnormalities. Photos are taken and for complex cases we make impressions for study models. 

Regular checkups

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. Martino 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 an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, Dr. Martino checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, Dr. Martino 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 to 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.

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Office Location

Distinctive Dental Care of Melville

999 Walt Whitman Rd. Suite 304
Melville, NY 11747

Phone: 631-385-1100
Fax: 631-385-1217

Monday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday 8:00am -12:00pm

For a map or driving directions from a specific location, click here.

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