Frequently Asked Questions
What to expect at my first visit?
We will complete an in depth medical and dental health history. A comprehensive oral examination to measure for bone loss, loose teeth, bite malfunctions, intra-oral and extra-oral cancer screening, Jaw joint disfunction (TMJ), hot and cold sensitive teeth and other signs of periodontal and dental disease.
Will it hurt?
We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be done with little or no discomfort, depending on the severity of your periodontal condition.
Do I need x-rays?
We will need current periodontal radiographs (x-rays) in order to see disease not otherwise visible clinically. If your referring dentist has taken radiographs, you may request that they be forwarded to us or bring them to your initial examination. We use state of the art Digital Radiograpy.
What will it cost?
Since all patients are different, your Periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan 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 plan 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 a portion of periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your initial examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits. This is always just an estimate. *see Insurance section in this website.
Will I need more advanced treatment?
Not everyone needs advanced periodontal therapy. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without extensive therapy. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation and needs. If you have systemic problems that have contributed to your gum disease then we will educate you on these factors and address any concerns.
Can my teeth be saved?
The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth. However, your future prognosis depends on many factors; the severity of your gum disease, systemic contributing factors, trauma and dental decay (cavity) just to mention a few. All factors will be taken into consideration at your first visit so as to give you the information you need.
When will I go back to my general dentist?
Our office strives to get you back to your general dentist as soon as possible. Our office and your general Dentist will work closely together. If restorative treatment is needed your Dentist will provide it. Once your periodontal disease is under control and you are in the ‘maintenance phase’ of your treatment then you will be placed on specific monthly intervals between the two offices. This is the critical phase of your therapy and necessary for the maintenance and control of periodontal disease.
What if I don’t have gum treatment?
Periodontal disease is a silent and progressive, often painless infection. Delay can cause more severe problems and further bone loss, discomfort, tooth loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth. Furthermore, Periodontal Diseases can affect your overall health and quality of life, by contributing to diseases like Diabetes and Heart disease just to name two. There is NO CURE for periodontal disease, but there is treatment and maintenance. Our goal is to give you functioning and esthetically pleasing teeth for a lifetime. *see Health Issues in this website.