Implant Dentistry and Periodontics - Michael D. Edwards, DDS, MSD
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Serving Fishers and Indianapolis since 2004

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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, 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 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.

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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 bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.

How Much Time Off Work Will I Need?

You will typically need to take the day off the day that we do the procedure. You should be able to go back to work the next day under a normal routine excluding heavy exercise, and you will be on a modified diet. Additionally, you will likely be on some pain medication and antibiotics.

Do You Administer IV Sedation?

Yes. Dr. Edwards has undergone specialized advanced training and obtained certification in order to administer IV conscious sedation to his patients. If fact, we recommend IV sedation for many of our procedures. If you are a candidate for IV sedation, we will let you know at your appointment.

How Soon After A Procedure Can I Travel?

Dr. Edwards recommends at least a two-week window from the time the procedure is performed and the leave date for your travels. This will ensure early healing and allow time for you to see him, giving you the confidence that you will be fine prior to the leave date of your trip.

Does This Hurt?

Some procedures elicit no pain whatsoever; other procedures will have what’s described as annoying soreness that may last a week. Rest assured, we will have protocols in place to get you through any discomforts you may experience.

What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.

Where Does the Bone Come from for a Bone Graft?

Dr. Edwards will use a mixture of human and cow bone. We use very reputable tissue donor labs. It is very safe, and does not stay in your body.

Is Laser Surgery an Option?

Lasers work well to adjust minor tissue problems, but is not the gold standard of periodontal care. It is not as effective in bone loss as traditional treatment.

Why Do I Have to Have a Full Mouth Series When I Already Have a Panoramic Radiograph?

A panoramic x-ray is great because it shows every thing. However, in a full mouth series we take a close up picture of each individual tooth; so a full mouth series shows a lot more detail.

Is Dr. Edwards Accepting New Patients?

New patients are always welcome.

Do You Accept Payment Arrangements?

For your convenience, we offer a variety of payment options including CareCredit and Lending Club!