What will happen at my first visit?
Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to our office by ensuring you have the following information:
- Your referral slip and x-rays from your referring dentist.
- A list of medications you are currently taking
- Oral hygiene tools (toothbrush)
Please Note: All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment. Please notify us if you have a medical condition or concern prior to surgery (eg. 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 check and a thorough examination to measure for bone loss, loose teeth, bite, oral cancer screening, and other signs of periodontal disease. Detailed instructions will also be given for your homecare.
Will my periodontal examination 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 they be forwarded to us. Otherwise, Pacific Periodontics has a highly advanced digital x-ray machine which has the capacity to take 3D scans of your jaws.
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. However, on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics may need to be completed before the final treatment plan can be established. Using the latest equipment does allow efficient, effective treatment, which is most often more cost-effective than other specialist practices.
Will I need surgery?
Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery, and we will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.
When will I go back to my general dentist?
We work closely with your dentist. If crowns and fillings are needed, your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of your periodontal maintenance. Alternating and shared maintenance is often recommended once control of the disease is achieved.
What if I don’t have gum treatment?
Periodontal disease is a progressive and painless infection. Delay can cause further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth. The effect this local infection has on our whole body (systemic) health is the focus of current periodontal scientific research.