First Visit

New Patient Information From Your Local Durham, NC Family Dentist

Thank you for choosing the office of Thomas S. Clifton, D.D.S., for all of your dental needs. We have created a comfortable environment where you can feel confident in the level of dental care you receive. When you arrive for your first visit at our Durham, NC dental office, please be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms that will allow us to begin your dental treatment. We will ask you to fill out several forms that will get you acquainted with our office.

For your convenience, please click on the online link to do fill out your forms. 

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What to Expect for Your First Exam

Your initial exam will last approximately one hour. This visit will help us get acquainted with each other and learn about your goals and desires for your dental treatment. Generally, X-rays will be taken, allowing your doctor to examine the jaw structure, tooth position and tooth decay. A review of your medical history will be discussed so please bring with you a list of medications and dosages. After a complete evaluation of your oral health, we will review and recommend a treatment strategy.

Common Questions

Here at Dr. Clifton's office, we believe that better dental care begins with open communication. We understand that you may have a number of questions for us during your first visit. In order to properly assess your oral health care needs, we may need to go over the following questions:

  • How long will my first exam take?
  • What will be the initial cost of my exam?
  • Are there payment plan options available?
  • How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
  • How safe are dental X-rays for children?
  • Will my insurance be accepted at Dr. Clifton's office?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss what options are best for your particular condition. We promise to speak candidly with you about any symptoms present that may require further dental treatment, or diagnosis, alternative treatments that may exist, and our recommendations. Working together, we can achieve a true partnership, with one common goal-keeping your smile beautiful and your teeth, gums and jaw joints healthy!

Payment Options

Dr. Clifton understands that each patient's financial situation varies. It is our mission to provide you with the best dental care in Durham at an affordable price. Our office accepts payments via cash, check, and credit card, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Additionally, we offer financial options through CareCredit if you need additional plan assistance. We will do everything we can to accommodate your needs!

New Patients

Dr. Thomas S. Clifton is always accepting new patients of any age in the Durham, NC community. Our office is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm. To make an appointment, you can reach us by phone at 919-471-2422 or via e-mail at [email protected]. Thank you for trusting Dr. Thomas S. Clifton with your dental needs, and we look forward to meeting you in person!

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