We monitor our contact requests several times a day and will usually reply within one business day during open hours.
What Will Happen On My First Visit?
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.)
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.
We will complete an in-depth medical and dental health history and perform a thorough periodontal and dental examination. We will then discuss our findings, your periodontal condition, and your treatment altematives. Finally, we will answer all your questions to ensure you fully understand your periodontal condition.
Will It Hurt?
No, we are always gentle and sensitive to ensure your comfort.
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 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 successfully treat most teeth.
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?
Periodontal disease can be a progressive and painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss, mobility, gum pain, swelling, bleeding, tooth loss, gingival recession and may increase treatment cost. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth.
Updated: Sun May 05 2013 16:35:27 GMT-0700 (PDT) by: pcperio_www.pcperio.com