Our dentists know that the key to keeping your smile healthy is regular care and prevention, and your initial exam sets this foundation. On your first visit you will receive a comprehensive dental exam, which takes about 90 minutes and involves a thorough evaluation of your overall dental health. (The only exception is with a dental emergency, in which case your first exam will focus on the immediate problem.) Plaque and tartar removal is performed as part of a separately scheduled dental hygiene exam. Each of these exams serves a unique purpose, and this approach ensures that you receive the best care and the most appropriate treatment.