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 see disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays in the past year, you may request that they be forwarded to us at frontdesk@northlakeperio.com, hand delivered or mailed.

What Will It Cost?

Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan. 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; however, 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 sometimes cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all dental benefit information and cards to your appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits; however, this is not required by most plans. We are happy to verify, submit and follow up with your insurance but, please understand, ultimately dental insurance is a contract between you and your insurance carrier.  We do not file medical insurance, of any kind. We are happy to provide you with a copy of your ledger so that you may file it yourself.

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 general dentist will work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your general 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 further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth cannot be saved, one may consider implants as dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.