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What to Expect During Your First Visit

Man receiving dental examinationThe Marietta dental office of James A. Merriman, DMD, FAGD offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to keep patients smiling. However, more important than any service we offer is the atmosphere we create. Our patients always feel right at home from the moment they arrive. If you’ve already decided to visit Dr. Merriman and his dedicated team, we look forward to having the opportunity to exceed your highest expectations with fantastic dental care. To schedule your first appointment or find out more about our exceptional service and dental care, contact our friendly Marietta dentistry team today.


The first part of your dental appointment is diagnostics. We’ll capture digital x-rays and images. If you have current x-rays, please bring them with your or have them forwarded from your previous dentist. We may still recommend you receive new x-rays, but these past images allow us to notice the smallest changes and provide early diagnosis.


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Once we capture your digital x-rays and smile photos, our team will also conduct a visual and manual examination. We’ll be screening for common oral health concerns including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Teeth grinding and clenching called bruxism
  • Oral cancer

Professional Teeth Cleaning

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A skilled professional hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your smile. Even the best at-home care routine can miss difficult to access parts of the smile. In fact, your teeth likely have pits and grooves that are too small for even a single toothbrush bristle to access. That’s why professional teeth cleanings are important to help patients maintain their healthiest smiles.


Possibly the most important part of any dental appointment is your one on one consultation with Dr. Merriman. We’ll tell you all about the information we gathered from your diagnostic images, visual and manual examination, and teeth cleaning. We can answer your questions, explain areas of concern, and partner with you to create a plan to keep your smile whole and healthy. Dental insurance coverage and financing options for out of pocket costs will also be part of our discussion about your ongoing dental care plan.

Get a Head Start

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Before your first visit, you can jump start your treatment by completing your new patient forms prior to your appointment. By filling in these forms before your first visit, we can get straight to work on the important part of your visit – offering complete dental treatment services. You can find all of our new patient forms online, for your convenience. Please don’t hesitate to contact our team, if you have questions or need help with your paperwork.