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: you can print out your patient registration and medical history forms on our website and bring these completed forms to your first visit).
- 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.
Please notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern prior to appointment (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, gingival recession, loose teeth, bite, oral cancer screening, TMJ, and other signs of periodontal disease.
What Should I Expect During My First Visit?
You should plan to spend about an hour with Dr. Adami during your first visit. She will review your dental and medical history and perform a complete oral and periodontal exam. She will then discuss and educate you on her findings and provide recommendations for your care.
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 (we prefer a full mouth series of 18-20 pictures showing full root structure and bone) in order to see disease not otherwise visable. 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 some periodontal therapies. Please bring all dental benefit information and card to your examination appointment. We accept major PPO insurances.
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.
Can My Teeth Be Saved?
The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat many 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.
Periodontal disease 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.