Visiting Taschner Periodontics During COVID-19
Our patients’ safety and the safety all of our team members is our top priority. Because of our strong commitment to our patients’ safety and comfort, we have implemented preventive procedures that meet and exceed the CDC’s recommendations. Prior to your appointment please review our preventive measures implemented for your safety:
Preparing for Your Visit to Taschner Periodontics
- Pre-appointment COVID-19 health screening call. We will call our patients and send an email or send a text message with a link to our COVID-19 Pre-appointment Health Screening Questionnaire. We fully realize that this may be an added inconvenience. However it is a CDC requirement for all medical and dental visits. Its purpose is to identify any patient who may unknowingly carry the virus and prevent exposure to those patients. This measure will help keep the rest of our patients and team members safe. We appreciate your cooperation. We appreciate your cooperation.
- Only the patient will be permitted to enter the office. Since there is no practical way to sterilize the furniture in the reception area, we ask that patients be driven to the front of our office and be picked up after the appointment. We want to make sure we can escort our patients to the treatment room as quickly as possible after entering the office, preventing the need to sit in the reception area. We ask that the person picking the patient up wait in or near their car. We will make every attempt to make the wait minimal.
- Paying for the visit. If patients have not prepaid for their visit or have a monthly payment arrangement, payment can be made in the office with the help of hand sanitizers before and after the payment.
- Wearing a Mask. For everyone’s safety all patients are required to wear a mask before entering the office and are required to wear a mask throughout their visit. Please bring your mask.
- Dress warm or bring a blanket. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we gladly provided patients with blankets as needed. However, because it is no longer possible to launder these blankets safely, we have discontinued this practice.
- Bring your own music and headsets. For many years, to help patients relax during treatment and appointments, we provided personal listening devices and headsets. However, due to the difficulty in sterilizing the headsets and devices between patients, we ask that patients bring their own phones, personal listening devices, and headsets.
Arriving at Taschner Periodontics & Updated Check-In Policies
- “Check in” when you arrive. Patients will “check in” at the front desk upon arrival at the office. Although we will be “fogging” the furniture 3x/day with an effective and safe disinfectant, there is no practical way to sterilize the furniture in the reception area after each patient. Therefore, we are asking patients to wait outside or in their car. If this is not practical, patients can wait in the reception area, being sure to social distance.
- Patients’ temperature will be taken at the front desk after entering the office and
- Hand sanitizer will be provided. Please use hand sanitizer after entering the office.
- Personal items. We will ask our patients to place all personal items that are carried into the office into a plastic bag that will be provided. Please leave large purses and briefcases at home if possible.
- Blankets and Music. Please bring a blanket or sweater to keep warm and headphones to listen to music on your phone as we can no longer provide these items safely.
- Pre-procedural rinse. Patients will be asked to rinse with a pre-procedural anti-viral rinse of peroxide before any procedure.
What Precautions is Taschner Periodontics Taking to Control the Spread of Infection
- Room disinfection. All rooms will be thoroughly disinfected with strong antiviral and antibacterial agents before and after patient visits. All surfaces will be sprayed and wiped.
- Personal protective equipment. All team members will wear masks and any other personal protective equipment required and this will depend on their position. For example, the team members at the front office only need to wear masks, but the clinical staff will wear masks, gloves, eye protection, face shields, head covers, shoe covers and gowns.
- Aerosol Containment. Many dental procedures produce aerosols which can spread oral bacteria and viruses into the air. In order to prevent this, we have purchased state-of-the-art equipment that will suction away the aerosol before it can be released into the air.
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What should I bring to my first visit?
In order to make your visit to our office as productive, and informative as possible, your dentist will most often send a referral letter and your most recent x-rays in advance of your initial appointment. However, if there is insufficient time for the x-rays to arrive by mail, please obtain the x-rays from your referring dentist and bring them with you.
Please bring a list of medications you are currently taking. Please note that you can fill out your patient registration and medical history form on our website.
If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment. We will assist you in filing your insurance claims.
Please notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern prior to any of your appointments (e.g. artificial heart valves or joints, heart conditions requiring pre-medication, severe diabetes, or uncontrolled hypertension).
What will happen at my first visit
A complete medical and dental health history, as well as thorough oral examination, evaluating for clinical signs of gum disease, bone loss, loose teeth, missing teeth, bite irregularities, temporomandibular joint disease, and other signs of oral disease. An oral cancer screening will also be completed.
A second consultation visit may be needed at no additional fee. Depending upon the complexity of treatment, a second visit is often needed to discuss the diagnosis and treatment alternatives. In order to determine the best course of treatment and any alternative treatment plans, it is often necessary for the doctors contact or meet with your general dentist. This will be completed fear your second visit.
Will the periodontal examination Hurt?
Dr Ronny Taschner, Dr Jennifer Taschner, and their team understand that most patients are concerned about having pain. He and his team strive to make every experience in the office as comfortable as possible. The periodontal exam can generally be completed with little or no discomfort.
Do I Need X-Rays or a CT scan
In order to make an accurate diagnosis of the type and severity of periodontal disease, a current set periodontal x-rays will be needed. If your referring dentist has taken a complete series of x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us. If the information provided by your dentist’s X-rays aren’t diagnostic for periodontal disease, additional X-rays may need to be obtained.
A CT scan is often needed to determine if a patient is a candidate for dental implants.
What does Periodontal or Implant treatment Cost?
Since all patients are different, a thorough evaluation must be completed before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for your care. The fee for periodontal and/or implant treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. An approximate fee can sometimes be determined at your initial appointment, but more commonly, fees will be thoroughly discussed during the second visit after the diagnosis and recommended treatment has been discussed. Our philosophy of practice is to treat you as conservatively as possible in order to achieve optimum oral health and function.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover some percentage of periodontal treatment. Plan benefits vary greatly and most plans have yearly limits on how much they will cover. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. We will try to help you determine how much your insurance may pay. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits. However, this is not required by most plans and often delays necessary treatment by 4-6 weeks.
Does Periodontal Treatment require Surgery?
Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. Laser treatment of periodontal disease is non-surgical and is an appropriate treatment for certain types of periodontal disease. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our philosophy of practice is to treat our patients as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.
Does Implant placement require Surgery?
Having implants placed does require surgery. Using leading edge CT guided implant placement , minimally invasive surgical techniques can be used. This greatly reduces any swelling or discomfort.
Can My Teeth Be Saved?
Advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most forms of periodontal disease. Dr. Ronny Taschner and Dr. Jennifer Taschner have treated thousands of patient’s and they are happy to report that they have seen very few patients lose their teeth, especially those patients who have followed treatment recommendations and have been compliant with oral hygiene procedures and routine periodontal maintenance.
When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
Dr. Ronny Taschner and Dr. Jennifer Taschner will work closely to ensure that your treatment is well coordinated. 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 and is the main cause of tooth loss in our country. Tooth loss usually limits your ability to chew comfortably, and smile confidently. Loosing teeth can also affect one’s ability to speak clearly. Replacing lost teeth is often time consuming and costly. It is always more economical to keep your own teeth.
Periodontal disease can also affect your general health. Many research studies have concluded that periodontal disease may be a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pancreatic cancer, respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease and premature low birth weight babies.