What To Expect At Your First Visit

Congratulations! You’ve just taken the first step to joining a dental family that is fully committed to being part of your journey to excellent oral health … for life. Making the choice of a new dentist in Upper Darby for your family can be a hard one. We encourage you to explore our website for answers to your oral health questions … starting with what to expect at your first appointment.

New Patient?

Please fill out the easy-to-use,
private, and secure intake form.
Intake Form


Practice Tour

Come in and see where beautiful smiles are created. Meet our team and feel our relaxed United Dental Care atmosphere. Many of our anxious patients have found that a tour helps alleviate their anxiety about dentistry, allowing them to have the care they need and deserve. Call us to arrange your visit – we’ll be excited to welcome you!


Front Desk

Your medical history is an important part of your dental visits. Why? Because certain medications and health conditions can impact your oral health and how we manage your treatment needs. Prepare for your first visit by completing our safe and secure online intake form.



Used to check for issues and to establish a baseline for future care, digital diagnostic equipment is adjustable to emit up to 90% less radiation than with film x-rays, plus it’s much more environmentally responsible. We also use a small pen-sized camera – called an intraoral camera – so that we can show you what we see when we examine your mouth. It’s an amazing tool that gives you great insight into why we make treatment recommendations and the dental issues we can resolve for you.


Hygiene Care

At your first appointment, we take the time to get to know you and everything about your teeth, gums, and mouth to see a clear picture of your oral health needs and concerns. Because of this, we will spend a little extra time than we do with your maintenance hygiene appointments. We’ll also create a mouth-map that we’ll use to track changes over time. We’ll assess for any jaw joint issues and do a screening for oral cancer. Please take advantage of this appointment by asking any questions you have about homecare. Your hygienist is an expert at patient education and will happily give you all the help you need to take the best care of your smile.



Meet Dr. Patel and discuss your personal oral health needs and desires. After a thorough examination, Dr. Patel will discuss his findings with you and determine the personalized approach that will work best for you. We’ll set up a regular care schedule, design a treatment plan, and if you’re interested, discuss your cosmetic options. We will work with you to help you meet your goals.


Treatment Coordination

We want to ensure you leave our office with your questions asked and answered. From insurance to treatment options and future-care questions, we will give you clear answers that help you make the best decisions for your and your family’s personal situation.

Your New Dental Home

It would be our honor to have the opportunity to build a long-term relationship with you, to ensure you feel great about your appointment and your smile! Whether you need an emergency dental visit or a routine tooth-colored filling, dental implant, or Invisalign®, it’s important to us that you feel at home at our practice and we welcome you to call us. At United Dental Care, Upper Darby, our first priority is meeting your needs, and we’re only a phone call away!