PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING TO YOUR FIRST VISIT:
- Your referral slip
- Your completed Patient Registration, Medical History, Financial Policy, and Privacy Practice forms.
- Your dental insurance card(s) and current Driver's License.
- A list of all medications you are currently taking.
- Dental radiographs (x-rays) from your referring dentist, if requested.
Please Note: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment.
Also, please notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern that requires antibiotic pre-medication prior to your appointment (e.g. artificial heart valve(s) or joint(s), heart murmur, previous endocarditis, etc.).
After completing an in-depth medical and dental health history, we will perform a thorough oral examination to measure for recession, bone loss, loose teeth, bite, TMJ, oral cancer, and any other signs of periodontal disease.
At this time, you will be presented with a Treatment Plan and the estimated costs associated with it. Treatment, length of time to complete, and costs vary widely from patient to patient. In addition, periodontal treatment often involves an initial conservative treatment phase followed by further evaluation to assess any additional treatment needs you may have. You will be well informed throughout the process in order for you to make the treatment decisions that are right for you.
Our office and your general dentist will work closely together throughout the course of your treatment. If crowns and fillings are needed, your general dentist will provide them, and regular visits to your general dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.
DOES INSURANCE COVER THE COST?
Dental insurance will often cover the costs associated with periodontal exams and treatment. Please bring all dental benefit information and card(s) to your initial appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits.
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 achieve each patient's individual treatment goals.