Frequently Asked Questions
Will It Hurt?
We incorporate the significant advances dentistry has made that will allow you to be safe and comfortable during your visits. We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.
Do I Need X-Rays?
We will need appropriate X-Rays in order to see problems not clinically visible. If another dentist has taken X-Rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.
What Will It Cost?
Since all patients are different, we need to complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for care. The fee for 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 your final treatment plan can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.
Do You Accept Dental Insurance?
No we do not. We believe that attention to the smallest details takes time and effort, an approach that is often compromised by the restrictions inherent in dental insurance plans. While these plans can offer some economic incentives, our decision to decline participation in these plans is based on our belief that you are entitled to optimal dental health and the advanced care that only time, effort, and attention to detail can provide. However, we are happy to help compile any relevant information and documentation that your insurance company requires so that you may file a claim with your insurance provider.
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. If you need surgery our practice uses minimal traumatic approaches to treatment. As an example we no longer use traditional forms of treatment for gum disease that routinely resulted in receded gums and sensitive teeth.
When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
We work closely with other dentists. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of your dental health.
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 more complex treatment.