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 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, Dr. Elbaz must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for such care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. An estimated fee can usually be determined at the initial visit.  On occasion, further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment plan and cost can be determined.

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment, but there is no guarantee of coverage. 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.

Patients must acknowledge that they are responsible for all costs incurred at our office which are not covered by their insurance.

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 maintaining your dental health.

What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?

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