First Visit


From Your General Dentist of Grand Haven, Muskegon, & Spring Lake, MI


At the office of Dr. Joe D. Arbutante, DDS, our mission is to provide high quality dental care while maintaining a gold standard in customer service. Dr. Arbutante and our highly trained team of dental specialists work hard to make our patients feel at home every time they come to the office, and we strive to take a holistic approach to oral health that enables our patients to achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Many patients tell us they're unsure what to expect at their first visit - but don't worry, it's nothing to be worried about!

Your First Appointment 

More than anything, your first appointment is a chance for us to get acquainted, to learn about your past dental experiences, and to determine an overall treatment plan that will help you achieve a healthy smile. When you first arrive, we'll ask you to fill out a few forms that will help us get you into our system. To expedite your visit, please bring the following with you if you have them: 

  • Any dental X-rays from the past six months
  • If you have dental insurance, go ahead and bring your insurance card - this will help us give you an accurate estimate of your treatment costs.

Generally, first visits take around an hour. During that time, we'll get you into our system, perform dental x-rays, and thoroughly clean your teeth. We'll also perform a comprehensive dental exam and evaluate your diagnostic records to determine if any tooth decay, gum problems, jaw joint problems, or signs of oral cancer are present. After your examination, Dr. Arbutante will give you a detailed outline of your diagnoses and our proposed treatment plan. We'll also give you instructions on how to properly care for your teeth at home so you can maintain proper oral hygiene and fight decay and other problems. 

We firmly believe that open, honest communication is fundamental to proper dental care, and we promise to always speak candidly with you and take the time to answer your questions until your fully understand the situation. Working together, we'll form a partnership with one goal: keeping your teeth, gums, and jaws healthy and strong!

Contact Our Dental Office Today

Have more questions about your first visit or want to schedule one? We can help with that. Feel free to call us at 616-842-0090, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Spring Lake, MI office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a gorgeous, healthy smile!