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, but usually they only show the tooth where we need to see the roots and jaw bone.
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 plans are modified during the course of treatment or if further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment plan can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals, customized to your needs.
Will my insurance cover the cost?
Dental insurance policies often assist with the cost of 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, including laser treatment, allow us to successfully treat many severe cases. Other dental specialties may be needed to work as a team to control advanced cases. Dental implants are an excellent option if the tooth/teeth can’t be saved.
When will I go back to my general dentist?
Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal 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. It is always preferable to maintain your own natural teeth.
I haven’t been to the dentist in years, do I need to see a general dentist first before seeing a periodontist?
If you need implants or know you have gum disease it is great to make our office your first stop. If you do not have any major issues in your mouth, it is not necessary to start with a periodontist. There is a large network of dentists that we work with, and we will be happy to refer you to the appropriate office that fits your needs. We can coordinate the necessary comprehensive care to reestablish the health of your mouth and get you smiling again.