Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to the office by providing the following information:
- Your referral slip and X-rays from your referring dentist
- A list of medications you are currently taking (please note that you can fill out your patient registration and medical history form on our website)
- Bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment, if you have dental coverage.
Please Note: All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment.
Please notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern prior to surgery (e.g., artificial heart valves or joints, severe diabetes, or hypertension).
We will complete an in-depth medical and dental health history and a thorough examination to measure for bone loss, loose teeth, bite, oral cancer screening, TMJ, and other signs of periodontal disease.
Will It Hurt?
We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.
Do I Need X-Rays?
We will need current periodontal X-rays in order to see disease that may not otherwise be visible. If your referring dentist has taken X-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us. If the necessary X-rays are not available, we will take them at our office.
What Will It Cost?
Since all patients are different, the periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably, depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment.
An approximate fee can usually be determined at the initial visit; but on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment plan can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits; however, this is not required by most plans.
Will I Need Surgery?
Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.
Can My Teeth Be Saved?
The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to treat most teeth successfully.
When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
Our office will work closely with your dentist to achieve the highest quality of result. If crowns and fillings are needed, your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an essential part of periodontal maintenance.
What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection that can cause bone and tooth loss. Delay may cause you further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth.