Frequently Asked Questions
Will It Hurt?
We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort but the amount of tenderness may be related to the degree of inflammation within the tissue. If you are finding anything uncomfortable let us know immediately.
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 It Cost?
Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment planning and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary 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. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.
Will My Health Fund Cover The Cost?
Dental cover by different Dental Health funds is very variable. We provide you with a treatment plan and a description and set of item numbers that define the treatment provided at each visit. However it is your responsibility to check with your Health Fund the levels of cover you may have. If you are concerned about what rebate you will receive please check with your Health Fund prior to your scheduled appointment. If you have any questions about how to do this our friendly administrative staff will be happy to help you.
Will I Need Surgery?
Not everyone needs periodontal surgery, in fact most people do not. 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. As a general rule, once periodontal treatment and maintenance is instituted we can maintain the existing teeth and bone and prevent future loss of teeth. Ideal treatment involves good initial treatment, optimisation of home cleaning protocols (we will show you how), and regular professional maintenance.
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 after your gums have been treated. 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 down the track. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth and implants are just as difficult to look after as teeth. Failure to have periodontal disease treated may increase your inflammatory burden which may increase your risk of certain systemic disease (See section on the Mouth Body connection).