Monday, July 14, 2008

Initial Consulation

Last Monday, I visited Dr. Piper in St. Petersburg, FL. I was recommended by my TMJ specialist who said I needed a Fat Graft surgery. To tell you the truth, It sounded pretty scary. My specialist told me that I had to get a surgery where the recovery time was about 9 months! I would have to get braces again and he showed me a picture of a girl with her mouth bound shut with rubber bands. Boy, it looked like some new torture technique or something! Anyways, I went down to Florida and I had a thorough exam done at the office. I got a CT Scan, an MRI, some molds made of my teeth, and various other examinations. I also got a chance to talk to Dr. Piper several times during the day. Before the consultation, they sent me a folder with forms I needed to fill out and and very in-depth questions about my jaw and muscles and joints around it. They went over those forms and asked me about my answers on them. Later that day, we (my parents and I) sat down with Dr. Piper and he told us about the problems I had in my jaw and how I would need to have it treated. It turned out I did need a fat graft surgery on my left side and I also need to get my wisdom teeth extracted. I made the appointment for the surgery on July 30th.

The full day consultation costs $1800.00. Dr. Piper does not take any insurance and he makes that clear with his documentation which you have to sign the morning of your consultation.

I had a great first impression of Dr. Piper. He was very patient and never in a hurry. If you had a question he would make sure and thoroughly answer it. He spent as much time with you as you needed.