Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontics

Do I need x-rays?

We will need appropriate current x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible and thus facilitate comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us. Even so, further Xrays  may be required. We will always endeavour to avoid unnecessary duplication of costs and radiation,

What will periodontal treatment cost?

Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment planning and the 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 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 Benefits insurance may cover periodontal treatment. Upon request, we will give you the appropriate item numbers so  you can consult your Health Fund for an assessment  of your likely refund.

Will the periodontal exam hurt?

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.

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 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 for a restorative review are an important part of your comprehensive dental care. We will coordinate this with your specialist 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 thus potentially increase the complexity, cost and prognosis of treatment. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.