Gum Disease Treatment Frequently Asked Questions

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What Will It Cost?
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
Will I Need Surgery?
Will It Hurt?
Do I Need X-Rays?
Can My Teeth Be Saved?
When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
What If I Decide to Postpone My Recommended Treatment?

What Will It Cost?

Since all patients are different, Dr. Holling or Dr. Riggs 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 can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain your optimal oral health.  We do our very best to help you avoid financial surprises!

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover some periodontal treatment.  Please bring all dental insurance information to your examination appointment.  We will do our best to help you understand and maximize any insurance benefits you may have.

Will I Need Surgery?

Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can often be controlled without surgery. Drs. Holling or Riggs will make recommendations based on your individual situation.

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. X-rays older than 6 months, of poor clinical quality or with inadequate views of the area of interest will be retaken.

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?

Drs. Holling or Riggs and your general 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 oral health.

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delaying treatment will usually cause further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.