FAQ

Will the periodontal exam Hurt?
We pride ourselves in our gentle technique. 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 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 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 planning can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

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?
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 general dentist will work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed your general dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your general 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 cause you further bone loss, more expense and tooth loss. If your teeth are lost, replacement bridges and dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.