Initial Examination Appointment
Today, your dentist did a thorough examination of your teeth, their bony support and the health of your gum tissue. To help us accurately and graphically evaluate and record your dental health and to diagnose any disease, we used either 18 small x-rays (radiographs) which focused specifically on each area of your mouth, or a panographic radiograph which views all your teeth, jaws and jaw joints on one film. For most patients we recommend that this very extensive examination be performed every three years.
The reasons for this examination are twofold and go well beyond just looking for tooth decay:
- 1) We make sure that there is no existing disease in the bone surrounding the teeth, that the gums are healthy, and identify any restorative treatment necessary to return your mouth to optimum health.
- 2) To graphically present, to your insurance company, the state of your oral health and to substantiate and identify any required treatment so that they can also verify its necessity.
The DentFirst Difference
After you leave the office your radiographs will be reviewed again by your family dentist. The DentFirst difference? At no additional fee, your case will benefit from peer review by at least one other Georgia licensed dentist. If necessary, the additional expertise of DentFirst specialists can be drawn upon as well. As a dental team we will use our collective experience, knowledge and training to evaluate your condition and help coordinate a plan of treatment for optimally restoring your dental health.
Your Insurance Company
When we have all discussed the best course of care, a plan of treatment is mailed to your insurance company along with a duplicate copy of your x-rays for their review. Often this means that a third dentist (independent from DentFirst and employed by the insurance company) will again verify the necessity of your treatment.
In a few weeks you will receive an “Explanation of Benefits” from your insurance company indicating exactly what coverage you have for each necessary procedure. Now is the time to call us with any questions and make your first dental appointment to start your required dental care.
How Can I Pay For What I Need?
Your treatment can be accomplished in a financially friendly way…by careful sequencing and perhaps by using one of DentFirst’s “no-interest” financing plans. Since all three levels of dental reviewers have verified that your treatment needs to be done, it now becomes our insurance co-ordinator’s job to help provide you with the financial tools to readily afford your treatment. We all know that, like car maintenance, if it’s not done now, it will only be more extensive and expensive later.
Patients are FIRST at DentFirst!
Our best dental patients are informed consumers. We are here for you and your dental needs. Your comments and questions are important to us. Let us hear from you!
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