First Visit | New Patients
Scott A. Reef, DDS, MSD — Periodontal Associates of Lafayette IN
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.
- A list of medications you are currently taking (fill out your patient registration and medical history form online)
- If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.
For further information about your appointment, you may contact us at email@example.com
Please notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern prior to your appointment (e.g. artificial heart valves or joints, heart murmurs or Rheumatic Fever 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, and other signs of periodontal disease.
Please Note: A parent or guardian at the consultation appointment must accompany all patients under 18.
FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
Do I need x-rays?
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.
What will it cost?
Since all patients are different, your examination must be completed 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 treatment plan can be established
Will my Insurance cover the cost?
Some dental insurance policies cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits; however, this is not required by most plans.
Will I need surgery?
Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation.
Can my teeth be saved?
The 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. We will be in communication with your Dentist to co-ordinate your treatment. Once your periodontal condition has stabilized, we will alternate your cleaning appointments with your Dentist. Regular visits to your Dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance. If crowns and fillings are needed your Dentist will provide them.
What if I don’t have gum treatment?
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay of treatment can cause further bone loss and increase the cost and time of treatment. Failure to have periodontal disease treated will result in losing your teeth. Dentures are difficult to wear and are never as effective as your own teeth.