About Your Initial Consultation

For your convenience, we will send a welcome package prior to your consultation, containing practice information and forms. This will provide you with information about our office and allow you to complete the necessary forms and email or fax them to our office prior to your appointment.

During your consultation in New York City, Dr. Kissel will discuss your dental condition and pertinent health history with you and complete a comprehensive oral examination. He will explain his findings and present your various options for treatment, as well as the fee estimate. We always reserve enough time in the schedule to provide Dr. Kissel’s undivided attention for any questions or further clarification you need to feel comfortable with your decisions.

Please allow approximately one hour for your initial consultation. We respect your time and ask that you reciprocate by being on time. If you have any questions or concerns prior to your visit to our office in New York City, feel free to call us and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you have. Book a consultation today.

Below we have addressed some of the most common questions that concern new patients:

Can my teeth be saved?
Our priority is to save your natural teeth, and we take every measure to do so. The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat and save most teeth.

Will it hurt?
No, not usually, the periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort and of course we will be as gentle as possible.

Do I need x-rays?
Yes, we will need current periodontal x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.

What will it cost?
Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. An approximate cost can usually be determined at the initial visit; but on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment plan can be established.

Will I need surgery?
Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. Gum disease can often be treated without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation. The philosophy of our practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

When will I go back to my general dentist?
Our office and your dentist will work closely together. 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 decide not to have gum treatment?
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth.