During your first visit, your periodontist will review your complete medical and dental history with you. It's extremely 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. 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) may be used to show bone levels between teeth and check for bone loss and cavities.
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. Of course, we always welcome self-referrals!
A list of medications you are currently taking (please note that you can fill out your patient registration and medical history form on our website.) If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the 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.
Please Note: All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment.
The American Academy of Periodontology's risk assessment test will help you see if you are at risk for having or developing periodontal (gum) disease.
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