Frequently Asked Questions


Will I Need X-Rays?


In order to provide the highest caliber of diagnosis and treatment, we require that all patient records and diagnostic tools are accurate and up to date.  These may include intra-oral x-rays, photographs, models, and for some patients seeking dental implants, a CT scan.  If your dentist has recently taken x-rays, we will request that they be forwarded to us.


Will it Hurt?


We will be as gentle as possible.  Generally, the periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.  We do offer sedation options to ease dental anxiety.


When Will I Go Back to See My General Dentist?


We will work closely with your general dentist to provide the best care possible. Your dentist will continue to be an integral component of your dental treatment. If restorative treatment is necessary, such as fillings or crowns, these will be provided by your general dentist.


What Will it Cost?


The scope of periodontal and implant treatment ranges significantly from one patient to another.  Factors such as the scope of treatment and materials needed significantly impact cost.  We will create a custom treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and provide an estimate of cost.  However, as treatment progresses, it may become necessary to make adjustments to the proposed treatment plan to optimize the therapeutic outcome.


Will My Insurance Pay for This?


Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits. We will help you work with your insurance provider to make sure that your treatment is easy on your budget, and your peace of mind.


Can My Teeth Be Saved?


Gum disease is both preventable and treatable. Today's periodontal treatments provide you with a variety of options that are gentle, safe, and effective. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or gum disease, we will help you determine what treatment best meets your needs. Periodontal treatments include:

  • Non-surgical treatment

  • Periodontal surgery, including regeneration of affected tissues

  • Dental implants to replace missing or hopeless teeth

  • At-home care (special toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrushes, and interproximal aids)

  • Working together with your dentist to properly maintain the health of your teeth and gums into the future