New Patient Consultation
What You Can Expect
Our skilled periodontists will speak with you at length about your dental condition, pertinent health history as well as perform an oral examination. Upon conclusion, the doctor will explain your condition, treatment options and cost estimates. You will be given plenty of time to ask questions to help you decide the best treatment plan. Our initial consultations usually take approximately one hour.
Our promise is that we will provide you with an accurate and precise diagnosis and a treatment plan at the end of your consultation. If more than one session is needed, we will gladly accommodate any extra time with the doctors at no charge. Drs. Aalam and Krivitsky will report the exam outcome to your general dentist to ensure they are kept in the loop for your best interest.
Below we have addressed some of the most common questions that concern new patients:
Q: Can my teeth be saved?
A: Our first priority is to save your natural teeth and we take every measure to do so. The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat and save most teeth.
Q: Will it hurt?
A: No, not usually, the periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort and of course we will be as gentle as possible. We also offer sedation dentistry if the patient needs this type of care, as well as other modern in-office relaxation procedures.
Q: Do I need x-rays?
A: Yes, 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.
Q: What will it cost?
A: 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 periodontal treatment plan can be established.
Q: Will I need surgery?
A: 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 periodontal treatment goals.
Q: When will I go back to my general dentist?
A: Our office and your Dentist will work together closely. If crowns and fillings are needed your Dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your Dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.
Q: What if I decide not to have gum treatment?
A: 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. However, Drs. Aalam and Krivitsky will be sure you fully understand your periodontal treatment options so you can make the best decision for your oral health.
Please contact us today to schedule an initial periodontal consultation, we look forward to meeting you!
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