Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen at my first visit?
It is our concern that you are comfortable with your first visit to our office. We will conduct a thorough examination to measure for bone loss, loose or missing teeth, or other signs of infection. You will be asked to complete a personal health history. We will inform you of the results of the examination and discuss treatment options and fees.
Do I need x-rays?
We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible. If your primary concern is loose or missing teeth you may require a CT scan that is available in our office at the same visit.
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.
Will my Insurance cover the cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment; some policies cover dental implants. We will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits.
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.
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. If crowns and fillings are needed your Dentist will continue to 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 result in further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth. However, dental implants can support replacement teeth (crowns and non-removable bridges) that are as natural and efficient as your own teeth.