Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontics
Will the periodontal exam hurt?
We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.
Do I need x-rays?
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 periodontal treatment cost?
Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment planning 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 fee can usually be determined at the initial visit; but on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment planning can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.
Will my insurance cover the cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits; however, this is not required by most plans.
Will I need periodontal surgery?
Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.
Can my teeth be saved?
The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth.
When will I go back to my general dentist?
Our office and your dentist will work closely together. All restorative work will be provided by your regular dentist, while periodontal (gum) treatment will take place in our offie. Some patients will be seen in our office for short-term care, and return solely to their general dentist, while others may be seen on an alternating basis in both offices. Treatment recommendations will be made specific to your situation, and thoroughly discussed with you.
What if I don’t 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 natural teeth.