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Your First Visit

Our goal at A R Periodontics is to offer the very best periodontal and dental care to our patients. We work hard to keep our office up-to-date with the latest periodontal technologies. We also support our staff’s continuing education to ensure we are always giving our patients the very best care. We want to make sure that you have a smile you can be proud of.

We are dedicated to your comfort when you visit our office. We strive to give you a safe place to talk about your health. Our entire staff can help answer any questions you may have, no matter how silly you think they may be.

If you have any questions about how we can care for your teeth and mouth, please do not hesitate to contact us today at (973) 625-1491.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

Part of keeping you informed and maintaining open communication means helping you understand what you can expect during your first visit with our Livingston dentist. Your first appointment consists of an exam and consultation. We will review your current situation, explain your diagnosis, and cover your treatment options.

Please bring the following information with you to your appointment:

  • Your referral slip and x-rays, if applicable
  • A list of any medications you are taking
  • Any known allergies or medical conditions
  • Medical or dental insurance information for our files

We will provide you with your treatment options based on our findings during your first appointment. It is important that we give you enough time to think, weigh your options, and be an active participant in your oral health.

Please let our office know if you are currently on any antibiotics or if you have a medical condition that may be a concern prior to surgery (diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves or joints, rheumatic fever, or blood disorders).

If you’ve had x-rays taken in the last six months, please have your dentist forward them to us. If there is not enough time to get them to us prior to your appointment, please make arrangements to pick them up and bring them with you to the appointment.

A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under the age of 18.

If you have any questions about what to expect on your first visit to our dentist in Livingston, do not hesitate to contact A R Periodontics today at (973) 625-1491.

Periodontic FAQs

Will the periodontal exam hurt?

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.

Do I need x-rays?

We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.

What will periodontal treatment cost?

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 problem 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.

Will my insurance cover the cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits; however, this is not required by most plans.

Will I need periodontal 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. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Can my teeth be saved?

The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth.

When will I go back to my general dentist?

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.

What if I don’t have gum treatment?

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delays can cause further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.