Frequently Asked Questions

Will the periodontal exam be uncomortable?

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort depending upon your level of gum inflammation.

Do I need x-rays?

We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to assess bone levels and diagnose your condition. 

What will periodontal treatment cost?

Since all patients are different, your examination must be completed before establishing your treatment plan. The fee for periodontal treatment plans 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. However, on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment plan can be finalized. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Will my dental benefits cover the cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. We will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefit though it 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.

When will I go back to my general dentist?

Our office and your dentist will work closely together to coordinate your care as a team.  Regular visits to your general dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.

What if I choose not to have the recommended treatment?

Periodontal disease is a progressive, generally painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss, tooth loss, discomfort, and become more expensive to treat.