Patient Information

Dr. Bonner and his team are committed to making excellence a team effort, with YOU at the center.

Dr. Bonner with patient Bonnie Kanneberg

Dr. Bonner with patient Bonnie Kanneberg

To meet your needs, we’ve brought together a team which includes excellent hygienists, dental assistants and support staff who put high-performance periodontal care into action.

We want you to be well-informed about all aspects of how the health of your gums and teeth effects your overall health, so you will find we will take the time to help you understand what you need to know to have healthy teeth and gums…for life.

We appreciate your confidence in choosing our practice, and are committed to providing you with the best-possible care. Please call us at 352-750-4075 with any questions. We have the time.

When Should I See A Periodontist?

A periodontal exam may be especially important if you:

  • Notice any symptoms of periodontal disease (bleeding or receding gums, bad breath, etc.) although symptoms are often not present at all.
  • Have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or osteoporosis.
  • Have a family member with periodontal disease.
  • Have a sore or irritation in your mouth that does not get better within two weeks.
  • Have dental problems that might benefit from enhanced hygiene/cleaning.

Do I Need A Referral?

Often, dentists refer their patients to Dr. Bonner, however, you don’t need a referral to become a patient, request a second opinion or see us for your dental hygiene.

If you value your oral as well as overall health, anytime is a good time to see a periodontist for a periodontal evaluation. A periodontal evaluation is especially important if you exhibit any symptoms of periodontal disease.

Scheduling

We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you that day. We try to stay on schedule to minimize waiting at the time of your appointment. However, emergencies in which patients are experiencing pain can cause delays to the schedule, and your understanding and patience are very much appreciated.

Since your appointment time is reserved especially for you, we ask you to call us at least 48 hours ahead of your appointment if you are unable to keep it. For surgical appointments we would like to have at least a weeks’ notice if possible.

Hours:

Monday through Thursday by appointment.

Your First Visit

When you make an appointment, you will be sent an information packet that will assist us in providing you with the quality of care you deserve during your visit. We ask you to return the completed packet to the receptionist at your scheduled appointment.

We also ask that you bring with you the following essential items:

  • Current insurance card
  • A list of your currently-prescribed medications (and the dosages) from all physicians

Please allow approximately 90 minutes for your initial visit. During that visit, we will perform a thorough exam and then discuss the diagnostic or treatment process and its benefits and risks, helping you make informed decisions about your oral health and overall well-being.

Financial Policy

Figuring out how to pay for a procedure should never be a cause for concern. Dr. Bonner and his team will work with you to maximize your insurance coverage and keep any remaining balance low and affordable. We will help you to understand all the options available to you, and ways in which we can make getting the care you deserve work within your budget. Our patients tell us we do a great job of this. We do accept cash, check, and all major credit cards, and you may talk with us about any insurance you do have and what your benefits will cover.

Insurance

At Periodontal Associates, our patients are the reason we exist.  Because health gums and teeth are are primary focus, we will do everything possible to maximize your dental insurance benefits. Talk to our staff to learn more about the plans we accept.

Post-Procedure Information

J.W. Bonner, DDS Cell: 352-603-6132 • Periodontal Associates 352-750-4075

If you have recently undergone a periodontal procedure, be sure to follow the instructions you’ve been given for proper post-procedure care. The following information may be helpful in anticipating some questions you may have after you’ve left our office.

Oral Hygiene

Do not clean your teeth or floss in the area of surgery for one week. Brushing and oral hygiene should be carried out regularly in the affected areas. Stay away from the affected gum line as this may cause serious damage to the surgical site.

Care Of The Dressing

A surgical dressing may be placed over the surgical site following some procedures. Don’t eat or drink anything warm for the next two hours as this may soften the dressing. The dressing will be removed when you return for your next appointment. If small pieces of the dressing break off before then, do not be concerned. If large portions of the dressing fall off and you are COMFORTABLE, replacement of the dressing is UNNECESSARY. Don’t removed any remaining parts.

Discomfort

Some discomfort may be present when the anesthesia wears off, and may last up to a week or so. You can minimize this by taking over-the-counter pain relievers as recommended, such as Ibuprofen (Advil, or Motrin) or if you are allergic to aspirin, medications such as acetometaphin (Tylenol). Follow dosage instructions on the box or label. Prescription pain medication should be taken only if the over-the-counter medication doesn’t control the discomfort. Take prescription pain medication only when needed. Start with the lowest dose that controls the discomfort (one tablet). You should not operate a car or other dangerous equipment when taking prescription pain medication as it may make you drowsy or slow reflexes.

Swelling

Some swelling, redness and an elevated temperature (98.6-100 degrees) may be expected in the first 48 hours. To minimize swelling during the first 24 hours, apply an ice bag wrapped in a towel to the outside of the face in the operated area 10 minutes on and then 10 minutes off for a minimum of 4 hours.

Bleeding

Bleeding is common following periodontal procedures, especially grafting. It can be minimized by elevating your head with an additional pillow when sleeping and by minimizing activity.

Activity

After leaving the office, relax as much as possible, and avoid excessive exertion of ANY KIND for the next several days. Moving around a lot may increase possible discomfort and may, in some cases, cause nausea. Avoid unnecessary exertion (aerobic exercise, yardwork, sports, swimming), mouth rinses (other than Peridex®), close contact with pets, vigorous rinsing, and pulling the lip or cheek to clean teeth or inspect the site. DO NOT PUT YOUR HANDS IN YOUR MOUTH FOR ANY REASON.

Eating And Drinking

Attempt to eat nutritious soft foods for 3-4 days following your surgery, and drink plenty of fluids. Milkshakes, soups, pasta (if not spicy)and dietary supplements such as Boost®, Instant Breakfast® should all be fine. Solid foods may be eaten as long as this may be done so comfortably. Avoid spicy, salty, and excessively hot foods/liquids. Also, avoid hard or crunchy foods such as popcorn, chips, nuts or seeds. Please refrain from drinking hard alcoholic beverages during the first 4-5 days following surgery. Also, please refrain from smoking.

Antibiotics

If antibiotics are prescribed, take them as directed until ALL ARE GONE. If you experience any reactions (such as a rash, itching, vomiting etc.) discontinue the medication and contact our office.

Are You Experiencing Abnormal Pain or Excessive Bleeding?

If you are experiencing pain, please do not hesitate to contact our offices by calling (352)750-4075. If it is after hours, try following the post-procedure care instructions listed above before contacting the doctor on call.