- Why choose a periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. It is especially important to see a periodontist if you experience any symptoms of periodontal disease (red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, bad odor or taste). An evaluation by a specialist may be the only way to detect periodontal disease.
- Will I have to pay for my exam and/or x-rays?
Yes. However, we will apply your payment to any necessary future treatment. If your dentist has taken x-rays, we would like to have a copy of them. We will only take x-rays if necessary.
- Will my insurance pay for my treatment?
After your initial visit we will give you a comprehensive treatment plan with approximate cost of each visit. Then we will submit a pre-authorization to your dental insurance to get an estimated cost of benefits.
- Do I still need to see my general dentist?
Yes. Because we are a specialty office focusing primarily on the health of your bone level and gums, your general dentist should still see you for regular check ups to evaluate the health of all your teeth.
Laser light removes the bacteria and instantly eliminates the infection in the gum tissues.
Ultrasonic scalers and the laser are used to remove any tarter or debris from underneath the gums and prepares the root surface to enable healthy gum attachment .
The laser also aids in reducing or eliminating the periodontal pocketing.
Untreated periodontal disease may cause the bone foundation to become so fragile that it can no longer support the teeth, resulting in loosening of the teeth or permanent tooth loss.
- What will happen if I leave my periodontal disease untreated?
Potential complications of untreated periodontal disease include: heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and pulmonary disease.
- Can I get my teeth cleaned at my periodontist’s office?
Yes, we have a hygienist on staff. In most cases, we like to alternate your cleanings with your general dentist. If you prefer to have your cleanings done with our hygienist, we recommend you continue to see your general dentist one time per year for an exam and x-rays.