Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out your patient information and health history forms. Please note that you can also download the forms from the website and fill them out at your convenience beforehand. If you have dental insurance, please bring your insurance I.D. cards with you to the appointment so that we can evaluate your insurance coverage to possibly use for any needed treatment.
Please also bring along any x-rays and referral forms to your first visit. If appropriate and current x-rays are not available from your referring doctor, x-rays will be taken for further evaluation. Dental implant evaluations may require an appointment at another location for a CT Scan which can be scheduled after your initial visit. Please Note: All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment.
Some patients need to premedicate with antibiotics prior to their appointment (i.e., artificial heart valves or joints). Please premedicate as you normally do prior to each dental appointment unless informed otherwise. If you are unsure of your regimen or of your individual needs, please consult with your physician beforehand.
On your first visit to our office, your periodontist will review your medical and dental history with you. It is very important for your periodontist to know if you are taking any medications or being treated for any condition that can affect your periodontal care. You will be given a complete oral and periodontal exam. You should experience little, if any, discomfort during this examination. Your periodontist will examine your gums, check to see if there is any gum line recession, assess how your teeth fit together when you bite and check your teeth to see if any are loose. Your periodontist will also take a small measuring instrument and place it between your teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets. This helps your periodontist assess the health of your gums. Radiographs (x-rays) are used to show the bone levels between your teeth to check for possible bone loss or other findings.
Afterwards, the findings and options for treatment will be thoroughly explained. At that time your periodontist will answer any questions you may have. Sometimes, additional consultation will be needed with your referring dentist and other medical professionals, which will require additional time to develop your treatment plan. Our goal is that you have a complete understanding of your condition and the treatment needed to restore you to optimum oral health.