Periodontal Frequently Asked Questions

What is Periodontics?

A periodontist is someone who specializes in periodontics, which is the study of periodontal disease as well as the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of gum diseases, which are the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontal disease has also been shown to be associated with health conditions that can have a serious impact on our lives.

Periodontists also specialize in the placement of dental implants, an effective and long-lasting way to replace missing teeth.

Will It Hurt?

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort. We are good listeners, and we will do our best to make sure you are comfortable.

Do I Need X-Rays?

We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to see 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?

Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for your 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 planning can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits; however, this is not required by most plans.

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.

When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?

Our office 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 jaw bone loss, more expense, and the risk of other associated health complications. If your teeth are lost, dentures do not replace the function of teeth and are never as effective or as comfortable as your own natural teeth.

Call The Specialty Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants Phone Number 770 949-7753 with any questions or make an appointment with Dr. Sherry.