Frequently Asked Questions

Will It Hurt?

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort. we make every effort to insure patient comfort through the use of nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, instant numbing and topical anesthetics.

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. We use low radiation X-Rays to greatly reduce your exposure risk while producing superior images for diagnostic purposes.

What Will It Cost?

Since all patients 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. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

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. In order to submit your claim, we must have the subscriber Name, Birthdate, ID#, Group #, Insurer Name, Address, Phone #, NPI #. 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. 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. Dr. Beckstead will be able to determine this after your exam.

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 periodontal maintenance. an alternating cleaning schedule between our office and your general dentist’s office may be recommended.

What If I Don’t Have Recommended Gum Treatment?

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that can lead to tooth loss. If your teeth are lost, replacement teeth may not be as satisfactory as your own natural teeth. Early intervention and timely treatment will provide the best results and outcome.