Some patients may feel uncertainty in the days leading up to their very first periodontist appointment. Unlike a regular dentist visit, a periodontist is usually required to treat severe gum disease or evaluate patients for dental implants. While it’s normal to feel a bit of anxiety, our team at Ormond Beach Periodontics does everything possible to ensure your visit is pleasant, comfortable, and productive.
By taking a few minutes to prepare for your appointment and making a quick list of questions, you can help ensure your visit is a success.
Preparing for your appointment at Ormond Beach Perio is easy. Below, we’ll review what to bring to your first appointment, what to expect during your visit, and questions you might want to ask our team while you’re here.
How To Prepare For Your First Visit
Preparing for your first visit to Ormond Beach Periodontics is easy, and there really isn’t too much you need to do ahead of time. We just recommend bringing along a few pieces of information if you can:
- A current list of medications
- A list of current and previous health conditions
- Your dental insurance information
- A referral form provided by your dentist (if applicable)
If you’re under 18 years old, you should also bring along a parent or guardian to your appointment.
What To Expect At Your First Visit
Your first visit to the office will involve a complete review of your medical and dental history including conditions, allergies, and medications. Your periodontist will also talk to you about your condition and review and notes provided by your dentist.
Following the initial review, Dr. Stuart Beauchamp will do a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jaw. He’ll be looking out for a few things: the health of your teeth, the alignment of your bite, signs of bone loss, gum recession, and signs of periodontitis (gum disease). If you have signs of periodontitis, Dr. Beauchamp will measure the depth of the pockets of your gums to determine the severity of the disease.
After the exam, Dr. Beauchamp may decide to conduct diagnostic imaging like an x-ray or CT scan. The good news is we do all diagnostic testing in-house at Ormond Beach Perio, so it can all be done on the same day.
Once we’ve completed the exam and any imaging, we’ll craft a treatment plan that is unique to you and your condition. We’ll review our recommendations and let you know exactly what to expect. We’ll also leave plenty of time for you to ask questions:
Questions To Ask At Your First Visit
Your first appointment at Ormond Beach Perio isn’t just our evaluation of you, it’s also your chance to evaluate us. Searching for a “periodontist near me” will generate many results, but you want to choose a provider that is experienced and prioritizes patient comfort. We want you to be confident that our practice is a good fit for your treatment. Here are some questions you may consider asking in order to get to know us a bit better:
- What Are Dr. Beauchamp’s Qualifications?
The experience and qualifications of your periodontist is one of the most important factors to consider. Dr. Beauchamp would be happy to tell you firsthand about his education, training, licenses, and experience.
- How Does Your Practice Manage Pain?
Many people believe gum disease treatment and procedures can be painful. However, at Ormond Beach Perio, we leverage general and local anesthesia to ensure patients are comfortable throughout the duration of their treatment.
- What Insurance Do You Accept?
Some periodontal procedures can be expensive when paying out of pocket, so it’s important to discuss your insurance coverage during your first appointment. We’ll let you know if we accept your insurance plan, and if not, we can review financing options.
- What Is Your Approach To Treatment?
Not all periodontists specialize in the same form of treatment. At Ormond Beach Perio, we’re able to perform multiple treatment options for periodontitis including traditional gum flap surgery as well as less invasive, less painful laser periodontal treatment. We’ll work to develop a specific treatment plan for you.
- What Options Do I Have For Tooth Replacements?
Sometimes gum disease results in tooth loss. If this is the case, you’ll want to know what treatment or replacement options your periodontist offers. At Ormond Beach Periodontics, we specialize in dental implants, which are widely considered to be the best option for getting your smile and bite back.
Preparing for your first visit to Ormond Beach Periodontics should be a breeze. We’re confident you’ll be comfortable from the moment you walk in the door! Reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns in the days leading up to your appointment.