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 information and medical history form on our website.)
- If you have insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.
Under our PATIENT INFORMATION, select PATIENT FORMS print, and fill out patient information form and bring it with you to our office. We also recommend you review our financial policy under PATIENT INFORMATION/FINANCIAL POLICY.
Please Note: All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the examination appointment.
Please notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern prior to any treatment (e.g. artificial heart valves or joints, heart murmurs requiring pre-medication, or hypertension).
We will perform an in-depth medical and dental health history and a thorough examination to measure for bone loss, oral cancer screening, TMJ, and other signs of periodontal pathology.
Will It Hurt?
We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be performed 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, your periodontist must perform 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 performed before the final treatment plan can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals
Dental ins. policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. We normally contact your insurance to obtain your benefit levels for the treatment you will need. If we are able to obtain your insurance information, we will inform you of the co-payment you will be responsible for prior to your treatment.
Will I Need Surgery?
Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum infection 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
When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.
What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?
Periodontitis 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.