Your initial appointment will consist of an examination and explanation of your diagnosis and treatment options by one of our dentists. Usually your cleaning can be done the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan may require an evaluation and a second appointment to discuss treatment options on another day.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- • Your referral slip and any X-rays if applicable.
- • A list of medications you are presently taking.
- • If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary information. Also bring your completed registration forms.
*IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18 at the initial visit.
Our office accepts most dental insurance. We file insurance claims as a courtesy to you. Unless prior arrangements have been made, your estimated portion, factoring insurance, is due when services are rendered. Please call if you have any questions or concerns regarding your initial visit.
We make every effort to give you an accurate estimate of your insurance coverage, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to know your coverage limits. However, please be aware that some, or perhaps all, of the services provided may be considered non-covered services and not considered reasonable and necessary under your dental insurance coverage. You are responsible for any non-covered service.
For your convenience we accept check, American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. We also offer CareCredit, which is an outstanding option for financing your dental treatment at 0% interest for up to 12 months. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact us at (706) 863-0111. Many times, a simple telephone call will clear any misunderstandings.
Home Care Instructions following General Dentistry procedures
Fillings, Crowns, and Cosmetic Dentistry
It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity for a couple of weeks with new dental work. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses, two to three times a day, will reduce discomfort. Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) ,as directed, should ease any residual discomfort. Daily brushing and flossing and routine cleaning appointments are critical for success of your new dental work.
Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances such as nuts, hard/sticky candy, ice, fingernails. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries. Smoking can stain your new fillings also. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 706-863-0111.
Temporary Crowns and Bridges
To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully. Don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary, but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown. Occasionally, the temporary crowns come off. If so, place toothpaste in the temporary crown and seat it back on your tooth. Call the office at 706-863-0111 so we can schedule you to recement the temporary crown. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration. It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 706-863-0111.
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.
After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not smoke, rinse vigorously, suck on straws, or drink alcohol for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and slow the healing process. Also, limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable. Take medications only as they are directed.
After a root canal procedure, you may have slight pressure or mild discomfort due to tissue inflammation for a few days. This is managed by over the counter pain medications. If discomfort worsens or swelling occurs, call our office at 706-863-0111.