At Townsville Periodontics and Dental Implants we regularly see patients from remote locality, country or even international localities. These patients have different requirements for their periodontal treatment as long travel distances mean that it is often difficult or impossible for them to attend for multiple appointments.
Yes, provided a current OPG radiograph and some relevant clinical information can be emailed, faxed or mailed to us by your referring dentist. However, this is on the condition that it is not always possible to diagnose the extent and severity of periodontal disease based on radiographs alone and that clinical findings on presentation can sometimes cause modifications to be made to the treatment plan.
Absolutely. This is often important for country patients in order to make the logistics of transport easier. Generally, for patients in remote localities who seek treatment for periodontal disease, a visit to Townsville Periodontics and Dental Implants would involve a 90 minute appointment for a consult, oral hygiene instructions and periodontal debridement of the right side followed by an hour appointment the next morning for debridement of the left side, enabling the patient to only have to spend one night in Townsville. If required, the consult and all of the treatment could be performed in the one day in a long two and a half hour appointment. Any appointments required can be organised by our reception over the phone.
In the case of referral for implant surgery, it is important that any active infection in the mouth is first treated and eliminated. If the tooth has been missing for over 3 months then a CT scan of the area is preferred prior to an implant consult so that the area can be assessed thoroughly. An appointment for this CT scan can be arranged for on the same day as the consultation appointment.
Thorough oral and written post-op instructions will be provided after treatment. If periodontal or implant surgery is required then dissolvable stitches will be utilised and antibiotic coverage provided. If the patient is in a position to visit Townsville for their post-op visit then it would be preferable if they attend in person for a review. If this is not possible then a visit to the local referring dentist may be required for quick review. If required, the periodontist can provide any advice or instructions required to the dentist over the phone.