What is a Periodontist?
As one of only nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, periodontics focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease, as well as the placement and maintenance of dental implants. In order to master these complicated subjects, periodontists train for an additional three years after they have already graduated from traditional dental school. Like other specialists, periodontists are often faced with solving the most serious oral health problems. In addition to eradicating the bacteria that cause gum disease, periodontists are also charged with the task of restoring the teeth, helping patients to learn how to care for their teeth, and preventing future oral health challenges by implementing preventive changes.
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.
Will 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.