For New Patients
We do accept:
- Major Credit Cards
While we are in network with only one dental insurance company, our patient care coordinators will submit claims on your behalf. Dental insurance companies often make annual changes to their benefit plans. With such changes, we do our best to provide you with accurate insurance coverage estimates based on information available to us the day of your initial visit.
As a courtesy, we ask that you keep us informed of any change to your insurance. It is important that all information about you and your insurance is current.
What Can You Expect at Your First Visit?
During your initial examination, Dr. Lavin will carefully review your medical and dental health history and complete a thorough examination to measure for bone loss, tooth mobility, bite, oral cancer screening, TMJ and other signs of periodontal disease.
Following the examination, Dr. Lavin will present your personalized treatment plan during your consultation. Dr. Mark welcomes your questions as he is committed to ensuring your comfort and complete understanding of your periodontal care.
Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to our office by providing us with the following:
Please Note: All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment.
Please notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern prior to surgery (e.g. artificial heart valves or joints, heart murmurs requiring premedication, severe diabetes, or hypertension).
Have Any Questions About Your Visit With Dr. Lavin?
- Will my surgery hurt?
Our patients often mention they don’t feel any pain during and after surgery – it’s no different than getting a dental filling. We’ll always take our time with your procedure, and even offer sedation methods to help you relax further.
- Do I need x-rays?
We will need current x-rays to identify any potential periodontal disease. You can ask your current general dentist to forward your x-rays to our office.
- How much will it cost?
Dr. Mark must complete an initial examination before establishing your recommended treatment plan and cost of care. The cost of treatment can vary considerably depending on the complexity and type of procedure. An estimated cost of treatment can usually be determined at the initial visit based on doctor fees and dental insurance coverage, if applicable.
- Will my insurance cover the cost?
It all depends on your provider. We advise you check your dental benefits before your visit. By your request, we can also submit a predetermination to your dental insurance to provide an estimate of how much your insurance will cover. Please bring your dental insurance card to help us better serve you in the filing process.
- Will I need surgery?
Not all patients require surgery. Your consultation exam will allow us to diagnose any issues and Dr. Lavin will discuss possible treatment plans to address your periodontal condition. Our philosophy is to treat as conservatively as possible to keep your smile healthy.
If you do need periodontal surgery, it doesn’t require you take extensive time off to recover. It’s similar to visiting a general dentist where you can come in for treatment and go about your day right after.
- Can my teeth be saved?
If teeth are unable to be saved, Dr. Mark will answer questions regarding options for replacement.
- When will I go back to my general dentist?
Dr. Lavin and your dentist will work closely together for any advanced periodontics and dental implant cases to ensure your care is a success and everyone is on the same page. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.
- What if I don't do gum treatment?
Gum disease is a progressive, painless infection. By delaying treatment, you’re putting yourself at risk of further bone loss, losing teeth, and increased long-term expenses.