Your referring general dentist or specialist has determined you have gum disease or other periodontal problem in one or more areas of your mouth during a recent examination. Perhaps you have been referred for gum recession, puffy gums, for a dental implant consultation, or for another specific reason. Perhaps you have noticed at home you have bleeding gums, loose teeth, infection, or bad breath. A periodontal evaluation is needed to diagnose the problem and make appropriate treatment recommendations.
As a periodontist, Dr. Snyder is a specialist who only evaluates and treats diseases and conditions involving the gums and bone that surround the teeth. He works together with your general dentist and other specialists as needed in trying to save your teeth as long as possible.
Medical History and Medications
You will be asked to complete a health history form so we can know about past and current medical conditions. Conditions like diabetes can contribute to the progression of gum disease. We will ask you to provide us with a list of medications you are taking, both prescription and nonprescription, including aspirin, vitamins, herbal medications and supplements. We will also ask you about any personal habits such as smoking and your diet, as these may make you more prone to gum disease.
We will ask you about your previous dental care and treatment. We need to know when you were first told about your gum disease and any treatment you have had, how often you have had routine dental cleanings, and your daily oral hygiene habits. A thorough review of your dental history provides us with valuable information as we evaluate your periodontal condition and go forward.
The Periodontal Evaluation
The evaluation will consist of a periodontal probing and gum assessment along with a review of current x-rays. The gums will be checked for bleeding, swelling, recession. and irregular contours. The depth of the pockets around your teeth will be measured (pockets are the spaces between your teeth and gums where plaque and tartar are under the gum line). Your teeth will be checked for looseness. Your bite and jaw joints will be assessed. And an oral cancer examination will be done.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
We will review your current brushing and flossing techniques and provide individual instructions and recommendations to help you be more effective at home. We may introduce you to new tools and oral hygiene aids for your own specific needs. We will discuss appropriate toothpastes and mouthrinses as needed.
Your Treatment Plan
After your evaluation, Dr. Snyder will thoroughly explain your condition, the outlook of your teeth, and review available treatment options. Options may include: improved home care, nonsurgical therapy, surgical or laser treatment, or dental implants. Sedation options including nitrous oxide, oral sedation. and IV sedation or a combination thereof will be offered to help you be totally comfortable for your treatment.
Our treatment/insurance coordinator will review the fees for treatment and how we work with you and your insurance company. Payment options will be discussed and financing is available through Care Credit, an outside company. Pre-estimates can be submitted to your insurance company to better know what coverage you will have for the recommended procedures.
We will schedule an appointment for you to start your treatment. We will work with you to help complete the recommended treatment.