Frequently Asked Questions
Will It Hurt?
Our staff will give utmost attention to being as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be done with little or no discomfort.
Do I Need X-Rays?
Yes, in order to see disease that may otherwise be invisible to the naked eye, we require our patients to provide us with up-to-date periodontal x-rays. You may also send us x-rays taken by your referring dentist.
What Will It Cost?
Before assessing costs of treatment, Dr. Raschkovsky must complete an individualized examination. The cost of periodontal treatment can vary greatly from patient to patient, based on the range of problems and the complexity of the treatment required. A good estimate of the total cost of your treatment can be given upon your consultation visit. However, on occasion, further tests and prior treatments may be necessary before planning final treatment costs. We pride ourselves on our philosophy to treat our patients as conservatively as possible in order to reach treatment goals.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
In order to evaluate the eligibility of your insurance plans to cover the costs of periodontal treatment, please provide our office staff with all medical and dental benefit information and cards. Often, dental insurance policies do cover periodontal treatment. Though it is not essential for most plans, our staff will gladly submit a claim to assess your insurance benefits prior to treatment.
Will I Need Surgery?
If treated in its earliest stages, gum disease can be controlled without periodontal surgery. Upon your consultation appointment, we will assess and recommend treatment plans based on each individual’s situation.
Can My Teeth Be Saved?
Yes, because of recent advances in periodontal treatment, we will be able to successfully treat the majority of your teeth.
When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
We will work closely with your general dentist to determine when crowns and fillings will be needed. As a general rule, visiting your dentist on a regular basis can ensure proper periodontal maintenance.
What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?
Because periodontal disease can often feel painless, patients are often unaware of the infection. Delay in treatment can lead to more bone loss and increasing expenses. In the event that tooth loss occurs, dentures can be provided. However, dentures are often much less effective as your own natural teeth.