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 and their individual concerns are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan 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 plan can be established.

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover a portion of 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 a guarantee  of the insurance company’s final payment.

Will I Need Surgery?

Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our philosophy of practice is to treat your periodontal disease comprehensively to achieve optimal oral health.

Can My Teeth Be Saved?

Although every patient’s level of disease is different, recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat and retain most teeth.

When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?

Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If crowns, fillings, or other restorative work is needed, your dentist will provide them after you have completed your active periodontal therapy and surgical procedures.  Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance. Upon completion of your periodontal treatment, Dr. Westbrook typically recommends alternating three month Recalls(cleanings) between your general dentist and our office.

What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delays will cause you further bone loss and more pain and expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.  Left untreated, Periodontal Disease never improves with time or delays.  It always gets worse!