Although most everyone knows what to expect when scheduling an appointment with their dentist, it is common for patients to be uncertain about what is involved in a visit to a periodontist, why it is necessary, and what to expect. While a general dentist is able to address common oral health issues, including simple periodontal issues, more severe diseases of the periodontium are best treated by a periodontist. The need for more extensive periodontal care is typically determined by your general dentist, who will likely provide you with a recommendation of a trusted local specialist.
Once you have scheduled an appointment for your first periodontal visit, be sure to bring along your referral form and x-rays if provided, a list of your current medications, and your dental insurance information if applicable. Also, please fill out your New Patient Information questionnaire online.
Although every patient will have a slightly different experience, your first appointment will typically begin with a review of your dental and medical history, examination of your jaw joints, neck, and head, the structures in your throat and mouth and your gums and teeth. We will also use a special probe to measure the depth of the pockets of your gums. If necessary, x-rays may be taken.
Once this information has been collected and the examination is complete, a diagnosis will be made and a treatment plan will be developed. Dr. Fontana will explain the underlying cause of whatever issue you may have, what treatment options are available, what treatment approach he believes is best, and an overview of what to expect during the recommended treatments. After any questions you may have are answered, your first visit will be complete and a follow-up appointment for treatment can be scheduled.