Patient Information

Welcome to our practice website. Please utilize the information below as a resource. It will help you better understand what will happen on your first visit and during your treatment course. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. We are here to listen to your questions and concerns and help provide solutions leading to your better health. We welcome you to call us at 919.772.0314 or email us at adamsperio@bellsouth.net with any questions regarding your care.

Emergency Care

If there is an urgent problem and you are currently a patient of record, please call our office at 919.772.0314 and we will accommodate you as soon as possible. If the office is closed, you will be given specific instructions on how to reach Dr. Adams for emergency advice or care.

Cancellations

To avoid a missed appointment charge of $50, a 24-hour cancellation notice is required.

First Visit

Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to the office by providing the following information:

  • Your referral slip and x-rays from your referring dentist.
  • A list of medications, including herbals and over-the-counter products, you are currently taking (please note that you can print your patient registration and medical history form here)
  • If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.

Pre-Medication

Some patients require antibiotic pre-medication prior to their dental visits. Please notify us if you have a medical condition like artificial heart valves, artificial joints, heart murmur, etc.

X-Rays

We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to fully evaluate the condition of your gums and bones. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.

Exam

Dr. Adams will complete a full periodontal evaluation at the time of your first visit.  We will need one to two hours to examine your teeth, gums, soft tissue, and the area or areas of concern noted by your general dentist.  We may also measure the "pockets" around some or all of your teeth with a probe to determine how far along any infection or disease has progressed.  This should cause little to no discomfort.

Treatment Plan

After the exam is complete, we will discuss the status of your periodontal health.  Together, we will create a treatment plan to put your gums and underlying bones back in the best shape possible so you can keep your teeth for a lifetime.  By the end of your appointment, you will understand your treatment options and the costs of therapy.  We will take time to explain how to maintain tissue health at home because home care is the key to successful periodontal therapy.

Fees

All fees are payable at the time of service. We accept cash, personal single party checks, credit cards. For your convenience, we also offer a variety of financing plans through Care Credit. Please call our office at (919)772-0314 to discuss your payment options.

Dental Insurance

As a courtesy to you, if you have dental insurance, we will provide a printed claim form so that you may file the claim with your insurance company. You will be expected to pay in full at the time of service and your insurance company will send any reimbursement directly to you. We will assist you in determining your insurance benefits in relation to your treatment plan as requested. Please note that our treatment recommendations and fees are based on your needs, not what your insurance may or may not provide for.

Other Payment Options

Keep in mind that our services usually qualify for reimbursement through your Flexible Spending Account or Heathcare Savings Account as provided by your employer.

General Dentist

Many patients are referred to us from their general dentist. Our office and your dentist will continue to work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your general dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.

Patient Safety

We take patient safety very seriously and adhere to high standards of cleanliness, sterilization, and radiation control. Our office is wheelchair accessible, and we have a wheelchair on-site to assist those with difficulty. Everyone in our office is CPR certified and we have an AED (automated external defibrillator) for unforeseen events.

Technology

Our office is filled with state-of-the-art technology so we may provide you with the best and most efficient care possible. We utilize paperless charting and digital x-rays while exceeding industry standards for infection control.

Privacy

Please read our Notice of Privacy Practices, the information the federal law requires us to give patients regarding our privacy practices.