First Visit

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 (please note that you can fill out your patient registration and medical history form on our website.)
  • If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.

Please Note: All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Please notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern prior to surgery (e.g. artificial heart valves or joints, heart murmurs requiring pre-medication, severe diabetes, or hypertension). We will complete an in-depth medical and dental health history.A thorough examination to measure for bone loss, loose teeth, bite, oral cancer screening, TMJ, and other signs of periodontal disease will also be preformed. The periodontal exam will be completed with little or no discomfort. Please allow approximate 90 minutes for your initial visit.

Will I Need X-Rays?

We will need current comprehensive periodontal x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has recent taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us for our review. There may be a need for additional images.

What Will It Cost?

Since all patients are unique, Dr. Childers must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably due to 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. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?

Dental insurance policies often include periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and 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. Our administrative staff will work closely with you to maximize your insurance benefits.

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. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Can My Teeth Be Saved?

The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth conditions, saving many more teeth than in previous years.

When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?

Our office and your dentist will work closely together. Restorative care will be provided by your dentist. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.

What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth. As an inflammatory process, untreated periodontal disease continues to ravage bone loss and can have a negative effect on your overall general health.