Don’t brush off regular checkups to the dentist! Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. We encourage regular checkups at least every six months. Seeing one of hygienists twice a year is recommended because our dentists can:
- Check for problems that you might not see or feel
- Find early signs of decay
- Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, the doctor checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the doctor also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
Your First Visit
Your first visit to the doctor typically includes an x-ray that allows the doctor to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.
The initial visit also involves getting your medical history. When you share your medical history with the doctor, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform the doctor if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill. Also tell the doctor the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking a prescription or over-the-counter products â€” and the name of your physician. Inform the doctor of any changes in your health or medications. It is also important to bring up any fears you may have about dental treatment.
Your first visit will also give you the chance to talk to the doctor about any questions or desires you might have. Drs. Deiglmeier and Bannerot will then formulate a customized treatment plan especially for your needs.
Regular checkup appointments typically take one hour. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, we request at least 48 hours notice.
Our schedule allows set times each day for those patients that need emergency dental care. Please call us as soon as you have determined you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you into our schedule during normal business hours. After hours or on the weekend or holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number. For our current patients of record, after hours or on the weekend or holidays, please call our office for the doctors emergency contact number.
The goal of Panther Lake Dental and Drs. Deiglmeier and Dr. Bannerot is to make sure you receive the highest quality dental care and services. One step is to make certain that our financial policy is clear and understood by you.
The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the problem. You will be able to discuss fees and our several payment options before treatment begins.
We will bill your insurance as a courtesy to you. We will also help you determine what coverage you have available. Professional care is provided to you, our patient, and not the insurance company. Thus, your insurance coverage is a contract between you and your insurance carrier. If you obtain insurance coverage at any time we ask that you notify us right away with the information. We will help you in every way we can in filing your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf.
- A 15% professional discount will be given to patients that wish to pre-pay their estimated portion of $500 or greater prior to the beginning of treatment.
- A 5% professional discount will be given if patient’s portions are paid at the time of service.
- Patients that are 65 years or over will receive a 10% senior courtesy when payment is made at the time of service.
For your convenience, we accept payment by check, cash, Visa, MasterCard or Discover. We also offer several payment options including interest free financing through CareCredit.