Will It Hurt?
We will be as gentle as possible. Topical anesthetics are available for your comfort. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.
Do I Need X-Rays?
We will need current and complete periapical x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible clinically. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us. An accurate and proper periodontal diagnosis cannot be made without complete accurate radio graphs.
What Will Treatment Cost?
Since all patients are different, Dr. Walji must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and associated fees. 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 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. Please be aware that a predetermination of benefits from your insurance carrier is not a guarantee of payment. You are the responsible party for payment of fees regardless of insurance.
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 and should continue even while you are completing your necessary periodontal therapy. Periodontal maintenance can be a shared responsibility with Dr. Walji, your dentist and you.
What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as comfortable, effective or aesthetic as your own natural teeth. The expense of replacing missing teeth often exceeds the cost of prevention and treatment.