Frequently Asked Questions

Will It 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, preferably via e-mail to
 

What Will It Cost?

Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the appropriate fee for care. The fee for periodontal and implant treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problems that exist 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 plan can be established. The philosophy of our practice is to treat as conservatively as possible while still achieving the patient’s 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 Surgery To Treat My Periodontal Disease?

Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation.  The philosophy of our practice is to treat as conservatively as possible while still achieving the patient’s treatment goals.

Can My Teeth Be Saved?

The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat many teeth that were not previously savable.  Your examination will determine if this is possible.

When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?

Our office and your dentist will work closely together both during and after your treatment.  If crowns and fillings or other tooth-related services are needed, your dentist will provide them.  Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal and implant maintenance.

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.