Frequently Asked Questions


Will it hurt?
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 current periodontal x-rays in order to assess periodontal disease status not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.

What will it cost?
Since most patient situations are different, your examination must be completed before establishing your treatment plan and fee for care. The fee for periodontal 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 the final treatment plan can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain the desired treatment goals.

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 maintain most teeth. The ability to treat and maintain teeth can vary considerably depending on the type and complexity of the problem.

When will I go back to my general dentist?
Our office and your Dentist will work closely together. If fillings, crowns, or implant crowns/dentures are needed, your Dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your Dentist are an important part of periodontal and overall oral health maintenance.

What if I don't have gum treatment?
Periodontal disease is a painless, progressive chronic or acute infection. Delay can cause further bone loss, possibly lead to tooth loss, and entail additional expenses. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth. Inability to chew food and speak properly can lead to problems with overall health and well being.