FIRST VISIT

First Visit 

Plan Your First Visit To South Texas Periodontal Associates

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What Will Happen on Your First Visit? 

Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to our office by providing the following information:
  • Your referral slip and X-rays from your dentist
  • Your dental and medical insurance cards
Medical history, HIPAA, and Insurance forms can be downloaded directly from our website; it's always helpful if you can fill these out before your appointment.

Please notify our office in advance if you have a medical condition (artificial heart valve or joint, heart murmur, etc.) that requires antibiotic pre-medication. You'll want to be sure to take any previously prescribed antibiotics prior to your visit.

We will complete an in-depth medical and dental health history, along with a thorough examination that will involve:
  • A close look at your teeth
  • Inspection of structures supporting the teeth (bone and gums)
  • Discussing any bite concerns or TMJ problems
  • An oral cancer screening
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We’re Here To Answer All Of Your Questions

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Will It Hurt? 

We always strive to be as gentle as possible, and the periodontal exam can usually be done with little to no discomfort. However, in cases of severe gingivitis and/or periodontal disease, the gums will likely be sensitive.

Do I Need X-Rays? 

We will need current X-rays in order to accurately diagnose and develop a treatment plan. If your referring dentist has taken X-rays recently, we'll request those be sent to our office prior to your appointment. You may need additional X-rays depending on your situation. We may also recommend a 3D CT scan prior to treatment; these are of great value in many cases, especially those related to implants. 

What Will It Cost? 

Since all patients and treatment plans are different, we have to complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for care. These fees can vary considerably depending on the types of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. We'll do our very best to give you the most accurate estimate of any fees involved prior to beginning treatment so there are no surprises. 

Will My Insurance Cover The Costs? 

Dental benefit policies vary tremendously in what they cover. Since every plan is different, we'll need your dental and medical insurance information at your initial visit to be able to give you the most accurate estimate of coverage. We're in-network providers for most plans, so we'll help you get the most out of your dental benefits.

Will My Gums Need Surgery? 

Not every patient needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can often be controlled without surgery. We'll tailor our recommendations to fit your situation. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible in order to attain our treatment goals. 

When Will I Go Back to My Dentist? 

We will work very closely with your dentist and keep him/her closely involved in your treatment plan. If any work outside of periodontics and/or implants is needed, your dentist will still provide this service. If you progress into periodontal maintenance, we will almost always recommend alternating these visits between our office and your dentist's office.
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