Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontics

Will the periodontal exam 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 see disease not otherwise visible clinically. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.  If you do not have current x-rays or a referring dentist, then we will be happy to take the appropriate x-rays for you.

What will periodontal treatment cost?

Since all patients and needs are different, Dr. Harasty Duboff must complete your examination before establishing your treatment planning options and the various fees 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 your treatment goals.

Will my insurance cover the cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover a wide variety of periodontal treatment modalities. 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 periodontal 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 our treatment goal of ensuring your health.

Can my teeth be saved?

The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth.  We do everything in our power to retain every single tooth for you.  

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 can be a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss, tooth loss, overall harm to your systemic health, and potentially more expense. We now know that untreated periodontal disease can harm your heart, lungs, brain, joint prosthetics, and multiple organ systems as a result of harmful oral bacteria traveling to other sites in the body.  If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective or pleasant as your own natural teeth.