At your first visit we will need the following information:
- Any radiographs (x-rays), prior records and models (molds) from your referring dentist will help us to provide you with the best treatment recommendations possible. Frequently, your referring Doctor will have contacted us prior to our first meeting regarding your needs. Please contact your Doctor to make sure they have provided us with any necessary documentation which will aid in the diagnosis and treatment planning of your case.
- 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.)
- If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.
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, heart murmurs requiring pre-medication, severe diabetes, or hypertension).
After your initial consultation, many patients are recommended to have a comprehensive examination. Our comprehensive exam consists of digital radiographs or x-rays of the teeth and surrounding bone structure, a series of digital photo images, a periodontal evaluation, a tooth by tooth assessment, cavity detection, a TMJ evaluation, an oral cancer screening, and a detailed dental and health history. Frequently, additional diagnostics may include mounted models of the teeth to study your teeth and bite and a three-dimensional cone-beam tomography of the of the jaw and surrounding structures. This comprehensive examination is vital to an accurate diagnosis and the development of an ideal treatment plan which is tailored to your needs.
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 not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.
What Will It Cost?
Since all patients are different, we 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 I Need Surgery?
Not everyone needs 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 successfully treat most teeth.
When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
Our office and your dentist will work closely together. We will coordinate all treatment with your dentist. We recommend that your dentist provide restorations (crowns and fillings) necessary to maintain dental health and function. Sometimes your dentist will request that we also provide restorative dental therapies. This is usually only done in more complex cases. Only after consultation with you and your referring dentist, will we make these recommendations. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.
What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth.