Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontics
Find answers to questions often asked by our periodontal patients. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pedraza, please use our Contact form below or call our office: Forsyth Office Phone Number 217-876-0547.
Will the periodontal exam 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 periodontal treatment cost?
Because all patients are different, your periodontist, Dr. Pedraza, 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 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.
Will I need periodontal surgery?
Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. Other periodontal issues also may have a non-surgical treatment option. 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 and save most teeth. However, the earlier your issue is diagnosed and treated, the more successful your outcome may be. Delaying treatment may cause less successful outcomes.
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.