Frequently Asked Questions

Will It Hurt?

The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.  Any anticipated discomfort associated with treatment will obviously depend upon the specifics of your plan.  This will be discussed with you and we assure you that all effort will be expended to provide your individual care as comfortably and gently as possible.

Do I Need X-Rays?

We usually need current periodontal x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you should request that they be forwarded to us.

What Will It Cost?

Since your plan of treatment is yours and, therefore, most likely different from other patients’ treatment plans, your periodontist must complete an examination before establishing your individual treatment planning with the associated 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 recommend whatever treatment plan that will provide the best chance for a successful outcome.  That being said, other factors may come into play, such as medical conditions, future scheduling problems, other patient financial obligations that we must all consider.  Therefore, the informed consent process must include any of these considerations, as well as consideration of the pros and cons of alternative treatment options, (including no treatment).

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all 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. Again, as part of the informed consent process, we will make recommendations and discuss any feasible alternative treatment options based on your individual situation. 

Can My Teeth Be Saved?

Recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat many teeth that patients think may be hopeless.

When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?

Our office and your dentist will work closely together to formulate and execute a treatment plan customized for your needs. For example, if crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist, either alone or in tandem with Dr. Culberson, are essential parts of periodontal maintenance therapy.

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.