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Been Awhile? Expect This at Your Visit Back to the Dentist Marietta, GA

Been Awhile? Expect This at Your Visit Back to the Dentist

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Did you miss your last six-month checkup with your dentist? Perhaps you’ve let years go by without sitting in a dental chair. While you may be tempted to just stay away completely, there’s no better time than now to see the dentist. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we make your visit comfortable and pleasant, regardless of how much time has lapsed. Here’s what you can expect.

No Lectures, No Judgement

While we will always encourage patients to visit us every six months for optimal dental health, you’ll never find us judging your absence or making you feel guilty for not staying on top of your professional cleanings. The important thing is that you came now, so there’s really no need to lecture.


Not every routine dental appointment includes x-rays. However, if it’s been a while since your last visit, you can typically expect some digital x-rays of your teeth, such as bite-wings, panoramic or other imaging type. This gives us the most accurate depiction of your oral health and allows us to see things that may be happening below the gum line or deep within the tooth. We always let you know what your insurance plan will or will not cover in terms of x-rays, and it’s ultimately up to you whether or not you want to have them done.

Records/Medical History

Another task you can expect is a record or medical history update. Believe it or not, the health and condition of your body affects your oral health and may even influence how or if we perform certain procedures. Please let us know if there are changes since your last visit, including a new diagnosis, heart condition or pregnancy. Conditions such as diabetes may require an extra monitoring of your gum health, and your heart condition could mean that you need to take an antibiotic before your dental procedure.

A Thorough Cleaning

A professional cleaning is always included in a routine dental visit. If you’ve skipped your past visits, this may take additional time or you may find that we have to work a little harder to get stubborn plaque and tartar off of your teeth. (Hardened plaque cannot be removed with brushing at home – no matter how hard you try). Don’t worry; we have ways to keep you comfortable and relaxed if you are anxious about this part of your exam.

Answering Your Questions

Every visit, no matter how long it’s been since we’ve seen you, involves time to ask questions and discuss your concerns with Dr. Gilreath at the end. Therefore, it’s good to come well-prepared or even make a list of your concerns if it helps. This may include problems with teeth sensitivity, jaw pain that comes and goes or an interest in cosmetic dentistry.

Feel like a stranger to the dental office? At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we can instantly make you feel at home again. In fact, we will welcome you back with open arms. If your dental visit does reveal an area of concern, rest assured that we can handle it right here!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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