FAQ

DO I NEED X-RAYS?

We will require current periodontal X-rays in order to see how far the disease may have spread below the gum line. The extent of periodontal disease is often not visible clinically. If your referring dentist has taken X-rays recently, we can request that your X-rays be forwarded to our office to be duplicated.

WHAT WILL IT 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.

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER THE COST?

Dental insurance policies typically cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all dental benefit information and insurance cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit an estimate 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. 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 have made it possible to successfully manage cases that were untreatable only a generation ago. With that said, situations still exist where the severity of disease is so advanced that other options must be considered. What remains crucial is timely diagnosis and treatment. It is best that situations be managed at the earliest possible stage thus avoiding the requirement for advanced surgical procedures and more extensive costs.

WHAT IF I LEAVE MY GUM DISEASE UNTREATED?

Periodontal disease is a progressive infection. At its early to moderate stages while still treatable, periodontal disease is typically painless. Delays in pursuing care can result in the permanent and ever increasing loss of jaw bone, more extensive surgical treatment requirements and significantly greater costs.