Our front office team will welcome you to the office and ask if you have filled out the new patient paperwork. You can do that online, or we'll give you a set to fill out in the waiting room. We'll be on-hand to answer any questions you have. When you're ready, we'll take to to an exam room where we will prepare you for an exam by Dr. Herman or Dr. Markle. If you are feeling nervous, please be sure to tell us! We have lots of ways to make sure that your visit with us is comfortable. After your exam, we will go over the doctor's recommendations and talk about finances for the treatment plan if necessary. You will have the opportunity to ask all your questions. We will be sure to answer them thoroughly so you know what to expect. In the meantime, here are some frequently asked questions we hear at a patient's first visit.
We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.
We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has recently taken x-rays, we will request they be forwarded to us.
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.
Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.
Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment planning 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 planning can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.
Dental insurance policies sometimes cover periodontal treatment. Baton Rouge Perio is not in-network with any insurance company, but please bring all benefit information and cards to your periodontal exam appointment. Our treatment coordinator advocates on your behalf to get the most out of your policy benefits. She works with many different insurance companies that offer many different plans. Unlike medical insurance, dental insurance is a form of financial assistance and not intended to pay for your care in full. Upon request we will submit a predetermination claim on your behalf.
We will help you decide which option will work best for you and your individual situation.
At Baton Rouge Perio, our doctors and staff are proud to be a team whose primary mission is to deliver the finest and most comprehensive periodontal services available today. We are concerned about your dental care and want to ensure you that it is performed in the most responsible manner. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your initial visit.