Dental Patient Frequently Asked Questions
Will It Hurt?
We are experts in providing safe, comfortable care in a compassionate manner with the least discomfort possible. You will notice that we continually confirm your level of comfort with our care. We also ask that you proactively communicate any time you sensitivity so that we may modify our care to your needs.
Do I Need X-Rays?
We will need current x-rays in order to evaluate you properly. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us. If appropriate x-rays are not available we may request to take them during your visit.
What Will It Cost?
Since all patients are different, Dr. Laudenbach must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending upon 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 you as conservatively as possible to keep you healthy and smiling.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover a portion of periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. We will do everything possible to work with your dental insurance company in order to maximize your insurance benefit.
How Frequently Should I Have Dental Cleanings?
We recommend hygiene visits and periodontal maintenance visits based upon your history of gum disease and dental decay. If we find that your mouth does not appear healthy on a 3 or 6 month hygiene schedule we may recommend that you come in more frequently to prevent future disease occurrence. We have patients who are seen on 4 week, 6 week, 2 month, 3 month, 4 month, and 6 month cycles and remain healthy for many years. We have a strong focus upon prevention of disease before it occurs and will carefully tailor oral hygiene instruction based upon your needs at each visit.
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.
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. Many of our patients alternate for periodontal maintenance and hygiene visits between our office and their general dentist office.
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 are never as effective as your own natural teeth.