Frequently Asked Questions

Will It 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 and diagnostic periodontal x-rays in order to see diseases not otherwise visible. This may mean a 3-D image or full mouth series taken in the last year.  If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us. Often times the patient can get these sent to us with greater expediency.  Frequently, we still need to take our own images as x-rays received are out of date, or may not be what our doctor needs to adequately diagnose the current perio problem.

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 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. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Our fees are designed to cover the cost of your surgery, the facility, and the anesthetic.  The fees were set after careful consideration based on a combination of our costs, our time, and our constant dedication to supplying our patients with the highest quality dental care.

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?

At your new patient visit, where we collect our comprehensive exam and periodontal screening films fee in full we will ask you about any dental insurance and medical coverage you may have to assist you with the treatment recommended by Dr. Drake.  Dental insurance policies may cover a portion of the periodontal treatment. Please bring all dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits; however, most plans do not require this. In general, it is reasonable to expect that you may need to pay for periodontal care at the time of scheduling. We offer financing through several companies and they can help you afford the care you need and deserve. We take the mystery out of insurance billing, by submitting the claim for you! They will pay you.

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. Dr. Drake works closely with your general dentist to help provide the care you need and deserve.

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.