What will happen at my first visit?
We will complete an in-depth medical and dental health history and a thorough examination to measure for bone loss, loose teeth, bite, oral cancer screening, TMJ and other signs of periodontal disease. Please bring your dental x-rays from your general dentist including any information that they may have given you (a referral slip).
What will it cost?
Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problem 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 plan can be established.
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. The earlier the disease is detected, the more predictably we can save your 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 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 and treatment may be more expensive. Furthermore, implant placement will be compromised as bone loss continues. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth.