First Visit | New Patients
We will complete an in-depth medical and dental health history. At your exam, we will measure for bone loss (pocket depths), look for loose teeth, check your bite, and screen for oral cancer. Please allow approximately 60 minutes for your initial visit.
All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Please call Northside Periodontics & Implants Phone Number 770-394-0007 if you’re experiencing tooth pain or to make an appointment.
Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to the office by providing the following information:
- Your referral slip and current and pertinent radiographs from your referring dentist.
- Please print and fill out your patient registration and medical history forms. If you are taking any medications, please list them for us.
- Periodontal patients should sign the dental insurance policy (if applicable). TMD patients should fill out the TMD history/info form and the medical insurance policy.
Will I Need X-Rays?
Yes, you will need a current set of x-rays to check for disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays,please request that they be forwarded along with any pertinent information to us before your appointment.
What Will It Cost?
Because patients present with varying conditions, Dr. Benson must complete a thorough examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for your care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problem(s) and the complexity and length of treatment. An approximate fee can usually be determined at the initial visit. On occasion, some initial treatment and/or further diagnostic tests may need to be completed before the final treatment plan can be established.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment and occasionally cover implant dentistry. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your initial appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits. However, most plans do not require a predetermination.
Will I Need Surgery?
Not every patient with periodontal disease will need periodontal surgery. If treated at an early enough stage, periodontal disease can be controlled and then maintained without surgery. Dr. Benson will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our practice philosophy is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals
Can My Teeth Be Saved?
Recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most 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 in a timely manner. Alternating appointments between your dentist and our office are usually prescribed to maintain your periodontal health. This schedule is referred to as periodontal maintenance (PM) and typically involves four appointments in a calendar year.
What If I Am Referred And I Don’t Pursue Treatment For My Periodontal Disease?
Periodontitis is a progressive, painless infection. Delay in treatment can cause loss of supporting bone and ultimately so much bone is lost that your teeth are lost. Dentures, whether complete or partial,are never as effective or comfortable as your own teeth.