Nature of Our Practice
Our office performs most aspects of general dentistry including periodontics (gum
diseases), endodontics, fixed prothestics, esthetic dentistry, and pedodontics.
Our special areas of interest are dental implants and conscious sedation. Implants
represent the newest frontier in dental care, allowing a much more reliable and
cost effective alternative to bridges and dentures. Sedation, while allowing apprehensive
patients to comfortably have dental treatment, also makes long appointments more
Because the surrounding tissues and bone are so vital for dental
health, our office emphasizes periodontal health to a high degree. While we do
treat emergencies, the prime focus is on prevention of future disease.
A special time, usually an hour and a half for the initial exam, is set aside
for your first appointment. When an appointment is made for you, a specific amount
of time is designated especially for you with the doctor. Unlike HMO and PPO practices,
we block time specifically for you. Good dental care, like a good marriage, is
a function of the time spent on it.
We will ask that you complete our Medical
History Form prior to your visit and bring it with you for review. If
you are unable to keep your appointment for any reason, a 48 hour notice is required
to avoid cancellation charges.
Medical History Form - pdf
New Patient Procedures
Except for emergency problems requiring immediate treatment, new adult patients
are initially seen for a thorough examination and diagnosis. Before disease can
be prevented, all active disease must be eliminated. This can only be done if
we know what conditions are present. X-rays of your mouth and jaws and the examination,
enable us to discover the health of not only your teeth, but the surrounding bone
and soft tissues. A complete exam allows us to intelligently inform you of existing
conditions in your mouth and plan your dental future. For new patients under the
age of 18, the exam is usually shorter, allowing for both an exam and cleaning
on the first appointment.