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About Appointments and Office hours

For appointments, please call our office at 301.654.7070 between hours of 8:00 and 5:00 pm. You may also request an appointment online. For emergencies after hours or weekends, call us at 301.654.7070 and follow emergency instructions to reach Dr. Kazemi. He’ll contact you directly within a few minutes.


X-rays and Diagnostic Imaging

X-rays are necessary for proper diagnosis and planning for your surgery. If you have existing X-rays from your dentist or physician, you may bring them with you or send them to us electronically via our ‘contact us’ form. You may also request your dentist to send them directly to patientcare@facialart.com. We can obtain the necessary X-rays in our office. We utilize digital technology for all X-rays with minimal radiation.

Important notes on existing X-rays:

  • X-rays must be within 6 months of date of your surgery
  • They must be of good quality and adequate diagnostic value .

Referral Note / Recommendation letters

A referral or treatment recommendation letter is necessary from your dentist or physician, indicating the treatment being requested. This is a medico-legal document and an important part of the communication between our office and your doctor to assure everyone is aligned with the purpose of your treatment. If you were given a written referral from your dentist or physician, please bring with you to your appointment. The referral form may also be submitted via:

  • Online referral form from your dentist or physician
  • Fax referral form to (301) 654-7050
  • Paper referral form (Print here)

 


Length and Number of Visits

The number of visits depend on the type of procedure and its complexity. If you cannot take too much time off from work or school, then you can pick the All-in-One visit. This way you can have your evaluation and surgery all on the same day. If you prefer to meet the oral surgeon, learn about the surgery, visit the office to become more comfortable, and discuss treatment options prior to surgery, you can choose the All-in-Two visit option.

Three types of visits:

  1. Evaluation: Typically 20 to 30 minutes, when X-rays are taken, an exam is given, and your oral surgeon discusses the recommended surgery and anesthesia, and reviews consent forms, pre-operative instructions, and prescriptions. The financial coordinator also discusses fees and payment options.
  2. Surgery: Typically 20 to 30 minutes for all four wisdom teeth to be removed followed by 30 to 45 minutes of recovery from anesthesia. Additional time may be required for more complex wisdom teeth extractions.
  3. Follow up appointment: Usually a five-minute visit to evaluate healing, remove sutures if necessary, and give other recommendations for continued healing.

All-in-One-Visit:

You can arrange your evaluation and surgery all on the same day, and dissolvable sutures can be placed so there is no need for a follow-up visit. A telephone or email follow-up is usually adequate. This is suitable if you have limited time, especially for students who have to return to school, have exams, work, or other responsibilities that make it difficult to take time off.

  • Necessary forms are completed prior to your visit via website or fax.
  • On the day of your appointment, necessary x-rays are taken, consultation is done, and surgery is completed as planned- all on the same day!
  • In 5-7 days, the oral surgeon will check up on your progress by phone or email.

Who is ideal for the All-in-One Visit?

  • Healthy patients with no need for special medical precautions.
  • Non-complex impacted or non-impacted wisdom teeth (i.e. no major cyst, pathology, or severe and unusual impactions)
  • No significant financial assistance necessary (i.e. insurance work up, payment plans, etc.)
  • You are comfortable with information provided online and by phone, and have good confidence in the recommended oral surgeon.
  • Multiple visits are difficult due to limited time or distance.

All-in-Two-Visits:

Having the evaluation and surgery on the same day may not be for everyone. Some patients might want a separate evaluation or follow-up appointment to make sure everything is healing well.

You might consider a separate evaluation appointment if:

  • You are very anxious and meeting the oral surgeon and the staff might help put you at ease.
  • The wisdom teeth are highly complex in nature (e.g. deeply impacted or malpositioned teeth, presence of cysts or other pathology).
  • You have a lot of questions or are anxious about the surgery or anesthesia and want to make sure you have thoroughly reviewed them with the surgeon prior to your surgery.
  • You have special financial needs or need assistance with insurance, payment plans, etc.

You might consider a separate follow-up appointment if:

  • You are able to return to office in five to seven days for a routine check.
  • Parents have flexibility to bring their teenagers back for suture removal and a quick check-up. No need to accompany patients older than 18.
  • The surgery was a long or difficult, so the oral surgeon recommends a follow-up to evaluate healing.

All-In-Three-Visits:

Evaluation, surgery, and follow-up visits are sometimes necessary on different days. This is recommended for complicated wisdom teeth or when the surgery is combined with other procedures such as dental implants or biopsies.  A second follow-up visit may be recommended as necessary.

Financial Preparation

To help you prepare for your planned procedures, we will provide you with a detailed treatment plan and fees and payment options to make it possible.  Our financial coordinator will review the fees and payment options during your consultation and assist you with any payment plans that meet your needs. If you are planning consultation and surgery on the same day, please come prepared for payment as it is due on day of service. If you need payment plans or insurance benefits, let us know. We’ll be happy to assist you before your scheduled appointment.

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