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
  • 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 to the consultation and (if needed) surgical 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).

We will complete an in-depth medical and dental health history and a thorough examination to measure for bone loss, loose teeth, bite, oral cancer screening, TMJ, and other signs of periodontal disease.

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. After we have had time to evaluate our initial findings, we will explain all options available to you,  and Sandy will discuss the fees involved.  Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain the goals you want.

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all 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?
We will work closely with your general dentist. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal health and 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. Protecting your periodontal heath brings a lifetime of benefits. You keep dental costs down by preventing future problems. You smile, speak and eat with comfort and confidence. More importantly, research links periodontal infection to more serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease and pre-term, low birth weight babies. As accumulating research continues to define how periodontal disease in linked to these and other health problems, oral health maintenance is essential. As you can see, gum disease is more that just gums. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective or as comfortable as your own teeth.

Office Hours
Monday:8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday:8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday:8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday:8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday:Closed
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed

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