New Patient FAQ
Will It Hurt?
The initial periodontal exam will be completed with little or no discomfort.
Do I Need X-Rays?
We will need current x-rays in order to diagnose 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?
Initial comprehensive exams are up to $250 (exam, photos, and xrays as needed) and during this visit we create a treatment plan and fee estimate for your specific need. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. We do our best to inform patients of the cost from start to finish for treatment so they are well informed.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. We will submit a predetermination the day of your initial exam to your insurance company to verify coverage for your treatment.
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.
When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
Our team and your dentist will work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed, your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your 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 and more expenses. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth.