Frequently Asked Questions

Will It Hurt?

We will be as gentle as possible. The exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.

Do I Need X-Rays?

Yes. We will need current x-rays in order to assess the amount of bone for implant placement or to see periodontal 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 are different, Dr. Brayer must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for care. The fee for 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 planning can be established.

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover some of the cost of periodontal treatment. Many plans have benefits for dental implants. Please bring all dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a form to predetermine your insurance benefits; however, this is not required by most plans.

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?

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.

What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost dentures may be needed for replacement.  Dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.