Frequently Asked Questions
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease (commonly known as gum disease or periodontal infection) is the presence of chronic infection due to bacteria in the gum tissue around your teeth. The untreated infection causes the gums to be swollen, red, and tender. Other symptoms might include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Deep pockets of infection around the teeth
Eventually, the bone deteriorates and forms spaces between the teeth, causing them to start shifting and become loose, leading to tooth loss.
Why is my dentist sending me to a periodontist?
As periodontal disease progresses, it’s essential that you visit with a periodontist who has advanced training for gum-related conditions. A general dentist can treat mild cases of gum diseases. But chronic infections can result in “bursts” of bacterial growth, leading to serious oral health issues. Suppose you are being referred to a periodontist. In that case, it’s possible that you have a lower resistance to periodontal bacteria or a dramatic increase in the severity of your condition due to:
- Dental plaque
- Poor oral hygiene
- Genetic factors
- Lack of regular dental checkups and cleanings
Early intervention is a key to a successful outcome. Since your general dentist has referred you to our office, it means that there is an increase in infection activity. It’s essential to treat this infection as soon as possible to prevent issues such as a decrease in bone density and tooth loss.
Is periodontal treatment painful or uncomfortable?
Periodontal treatment aims to remove the infection-causing bacteria in the gums and prevent the infection from returning in the future. A variety of minimally-invasive and surgical methods can be used to treat the infected gums and promote healing.
Your comfort is our highest priority during your treatment. Many patients comment that they are surprised at the minimal amount of discomfort they experience during periodontal treatments.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Almost any patient who is missing one or more teeth is a good candidate for dental implants. We perform a thorough examination and consultation to make sure you meet the requirements for a successful outcome. Good candidates have teeth and gums in good health, sufficient bone density to support the implant, and maintain consistent oral hygiene practices.
What parts are included in a dental implant?
There are actually three main parts that make up the design of a dental implant: the implant post that is placed into the jawbone, an abutment to attach the tooth restoration to the implant post, and the artificial tooth that is the visible part of the restoration (a crown, bridge, or implant-supported dentures). This process requires multiple appointments, starting with the placement of the implant post. Then, you must wait for the implant to integrate into the bone before the final restoration is put in place.
Why are dental implants preferred over other dental restorations?
When you are missing teeth, dental implant placement can improve the appearance of your smile and help you maintain functions such as eating and talking. Implants fill in the gaps to prevent shifting or misalignment of your natural teeth. Additionally, dental implants provide long-term restorations that look and feel like the original tooth. As a result, you can participate in an active lifestyle without worrying about dental decay or dentures that slip out of place.
How many LANAP treatments are necessary?
The treatment protocol depends on the severity of your gum disease. Some people achieve satisfactory results after one or two treatments. However, if you have a severe case of periodontitis, then multiple treatments might be necessary. Our team will design a personalized treatment plan that outlines the estimated treatment timeline when you schedule a consultation and examination.
Is LANAP more expensive than traditional gum surgery?
The price of this treatment is based on the number of treatments required and the severity of your gum disease. The overall price is usually comparable to the cost you would pay for conventional surgery. Remember that this treatment is much more affordable than paying for future dental expenses related to untreated gum diseases, such as tooth loss and restorations. The good news is that most health insurance providers cover all or a portion of this service.
Who is a good candidate for LANAP surgery?
Patients who have been diagnosed with moderate or severe gum disease can benefit from the LANAP protocol. Additionally, this method is an excellent alternative for people who don’t want to have conventional scalpel surgery.
What to expect at your first appointment?
When you visit our periodontal office for the first time, we will complete a thorough examination to check the health of your teeth and gums. Rest assured, knowing that this examination is painless and might include digital x-rays to see the bone loss that may be occurring.
Next, our periodontal team will discuss these findings and talk about potential treatment options. We are always here to answer your questions every step of the way. Our goal is to educate patients about their conditions and treatment options, helping them choose the optimal solutions for excellent oral health.
What is the cost of periodontal treatment, and does insurance cover the bill?
The price of your treatment depends on the severity of your gum disease and the level of treatment required. Keep in mind that the cost of these minimally-invasive procedures is much cheaper compared to tooth extraction and dental restorations.
Our office assists with insurance billing and can help you determine estimated out-of-pocket expenses before the procedure. Most dental insurance providers offer partial or complete coverage for periodontal services.
Healthy gums are critical for a functional and beautiful smile, so we believe that finances shouldn’t be an obstacle to preventing you from necessary treatments. Our office offers various payment options, as well as payment plans if financing is necessary. Talk to our insurance coordinator for more information.
Why is immediate treatment necessary for periodontal disease?
When there is an ongoing infection in your gums, it causes continuing damage until you receive treatment. Not only does the infection get into the tissue and bones around your teeth, but it also enters the bloodstream and can contribute to other health issues.
Immediate treatment for periodontal disease can save you from tooth loss and serious dental complications. Additionally, treating the infection can reduce your risk of other medical consequences, such as stroke and heart disease.
Do you use modern techniques and equipment?
Yes, our Soltani Periodontics & Implant Dentistry team works hard to deliver cutting-edge services for each patient. We stay up-to-date with modern equipment and periodontal procedures, including:
- Low-radiation, digital imaging
- Thorough sterilization practices
- Laser technology
- Ongoing education and training
Rest assured, knowing that you will always receive state-of-the-art care in our dental office.
We Accept Most Insurances
We work hard to make the process of paying for your dental care as simple as possible! Soltani Periodontics & Implant Dentistry accepts all PPO insurance plans, and we file your insurance for you so the benefits will come directly to us. We accept Delta Dental, Metlife, Cigna, Blue Cross BlueShield, Guardian, United Healthcare, and more!