First Visit

Upon your initial visit, Dr. Slagle will listen closely to your concerns and perform a comprehensive oral/periodontal evaluation. Using this information, they will carefully review their findings with you. This discussion will include specific treatment recommendations, alternative options, and suggestions on how to prevent further problems. Dr. Slagle consider himself to be conservative Periodontist, who approach each case by considering the most effective and minimally invasive treatment options first. It is our belief that all patients should be well educated as to their conditions and treatment options in order to make an informed decision regarding their healthcare. These treatment options will also be communicated to your referring dentist. Dr. Slagle feel that good communication builds trust, aides in reducing dental anxiety, and relieves much of the stress associated with visiting a specialist.

Periodontics is the specialty in dentistry that focuses on the health and therapy of all the tissues that support the teeth; these include the bone, ligaments, and gingiva or gums.

Periodontitis or Gum Disease is typically a long-term and painless process of deterioration of these tissues. Without treatment, gum disease has become the number one reason for tooth loss for adults over the age of 35. Research is also reporting associations between Periodontitis and other long-term inflammatory diseases such as Diabetes and Heart Disease. Further studies are underway to evaluate these associations.