Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen at my first visit?
We will complete an in-depth medical and dental health history and a thorough examination to measure for bone loss, identify loose teeth, evaluate your bite, screen for oral cancer, and identify other signs of periodontal disease.
Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to the office by providing the following information:
- Your referral form and x-rays from your referring dentist if you were referred to our office.
- A list of medications you are currently taking (please note that you can fill out your patient registration and medical history form on this web page of online forms.)
- If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.
Please Note: All patients under eighteen (18) years of age 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, diabetes, or hypertension).
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 for a complete evaluation of indicators of disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us; you also can obtain them and bring them to your appointment.
What will it cost?
Since all patients are different, our doctors 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 complexity of treatment. An approximate fee can usually be determined at the initial visit; but on occasion, further diagnostic information and initial/preliminary treatment must be completed before the final treatment plan can be established
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. Should this not be an option for you, dental implants can provide most patients another alternative. A complete evaluation of your periodontal status is important in determining the best course of treatment.
When will I go back to my general dentist?
Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If fillings and crowns are needed, your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of your complete oral health care. Some patients can be returned to their general dentist immediately after treatment. Others require maintenance through a team approach with our office and your general dentist.
What if I don’t pursue diagnosed gum treatment?
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay in obtaining treatment can cause further bone loss and may limit your treatment options.
Over time, periodontal disease may result in tooth loss and contribute to additional health problems.