What will happen at my first visit to the periodontist?
First, a full medical and dental history will be necessary. Past and present medical and dental treatment, medications, home care routine and habits will be discussed. Please be prepared with a list of current medications and your physicians name and contact information. Also, if you require premedication due to artificial valves or joints, heart murmurs, severe diabetes or hypertension, please inform us of such and take your antibiotics as prescribed. Remember to bring your insurance card if you have one since we will take a copy for your records. A complete set of current x-rays will be needed for the evaluation. If you do not have one, our office will be happy to take the x-rays and provide another copy for your referring dentist. The amount of bone loss, tissue loss and mobility of the teeth will be precisely charted. Your bite will be evaluated. Depending of the condition of your gum tissue, the exam should be relatively painless. If your gums are very inflamed, topical medications can be used to make the exam easier for you. Just ask for medication if you feel you would benefit from its use. A treatment plan will be developed with you and your dentist to restore the health of your gums. If you are a minor (under age 18) you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at your appointments.