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 signs of disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.
What Will It Cost?
Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment planning and the fee associated with your treatment needs. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the complexity and length of treatment. An approximate fee can usually be determined at the initial visit. On occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment planning can be established.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover or assist with the costs of periodontal treatment, even in an office that is considered out of network. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information cards and documents to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will provide information to your insurance provider to help you to determine your insurance benefits, though this is not required by most plans.
Will I Need 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?
Recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth. We will be happy to discuss what can be done in your individual situation during your appointment.
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 maintaining your oral health.
What If I Choose not to Treat my periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delaying treatment can cause additional bone loss, tooth loss, and more expense. Untreated disease may also result in reduction in function or aesthetics, and may have detrimental effects on your overall health.