At your first appointment at the Aurora Periodontal Centre, you can expect:
A review of your medical and dental health history.
A thorough evaluation of your condition.
An explanation of your diagnosis and the treatment options for your condition.
An oral cancer screen of your lips, neck, cheek tissues, gums, and tongue.
Please bring the following items to your first appointment:
Your referral slip (if available) and any recent x-rays (less than one year old) if necessary
A list of medications (including dosages) you are currently taking
Your health card
If you have dental insurance, bring the necessary information (insurance company name, policy, and identification number)
X-rays may be required for your first appointment to help properly diagnosis your condition. Current x-rays are essential for the detection of decay, periodontal bone loss, tumors, cysts, and even tartar. If your dentist has x-rays on file, you may request that they be forwarded to our office, or bring them with you to your first appointment. If additional x-rays are required, they will be taken in our office and copies will be forwarded to your dentist, along with a progress report for their records.
All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Scheduling and Cancellation Policy
The Aurora Periodontal Centre is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Appointments are scheduled as soon as is possible. If you are in pain or have an emergency, every effort is made to see you quickly. Once an appointment has been scheduled, that time is reserved for you. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment for any reason, our office requires two full business days notice to avoid a cancellation fee. You must give seven business days notice for cancellation of surgical procedures or you may be charged a cancellation fee/deposit fee ($150/hour of reserved time). We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.
We are happy to send estimates to your insurance company. However, insurance companies do not always provide our office with confirmation of coverage. We ask that you confirm coverage well in advance of your scheduled procedure to avoid a last-minute cancellation for financial reasons.
We will call to confirm your appointment seven business days in advance. This is an ideal opportunity for you to change your appointment if necessary, and ask questions regarding insurance coverage or your surgical procedure. We thank you for your understanding and are happy to help with any aspect of your care. Please feel free to contact the office if
you have any questions at (905) 713-3355.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will it hurt?
We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort. Surgery is performed under local anaesthetic. We can also use several other modalities of sedation to make you more comfortable.
Do I need x-rays?
For most conditions, we need current x-rays in order to properly diagnose and treat you. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us, or you may bring them with you. If additional x-rays are required to properly diagnose your condition, we are very pleased to offer our patients digital radiography. Digital x-rays offer the advantages of less exposure to radiation and superior image clarity. The images are available within seconds and can be electronically transferred to your dentist or other specialists as needed.
What will it cost?
Because all patients are different, we must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and fees for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on diagnosis, disease complexity, and length of treatment. An approximate fee can often be determined at the initial visit, but initial treatment or further diagnostics must sometimes be completed before a final treatment plan and estimate can be established.
Will my insurance cover the cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. We will submit a predetermination to your insurance company.
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?
Periodontal disease is treatable and the loss of your teeth can often be avoided. Recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most cases.
When will I go back to my general dentist?
We will work closely with your dentist. Restorative treatments such as crowns and bridges will be provided by your dentist after consultation with your periodontist. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.
What if I don’t have gum treatment?
If you delay treatment of gum disease, you will lose more bone. This will make treatment more complex and possibly more expensive. You also increase the chance of tooth loss.
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