Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions and answers about periodontal services and treatment.

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General FAQs

Read through our most popular frequently asked questions from current and past patients.

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 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 the recommended periodontal service. 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.

Will my insurance cover the cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover 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, this is not required by most plans. Otherwise you can visit our financial policy page.

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.

What if I avoid 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.

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.

Is periodontal disease reversible?

Some aspects of periodontal disease are treatable and reversible. Many new procedures can help. Dr. Malek will talk to you about your prognosis and treatment options, always from a conservative starting point.

What are some warning signs of periodontal disease?

If you notice issues such as persistent bad breath, even with frequent brushing; teeth that look longer or feel loose; new bleeding when you’re following your regular cleaning routines and diet; or extreme tooth sensitivity, you should be checked for periodontal disease.

What are the stages of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease starts with Gingivitis: when your gums are swollen, red, and may bleed. If untreated, it can progress to Periodontitis: problems below the gum line. As the disease progresses, tooth loss, bone loss, and systemic complications from the infection can occur.

Is periodontal disease curable?

With proper treatment, periodontal disease can be treated and arrested. Ultimately, the success rate depends on you, the patient. It’s essential to continue with proper oral health care, lifestyle changes, and follow-up visits to ensure that problems don’t recur. As always, Dr. Malek will discuss possible outcomes and treatment options with you after your evaluation.

How Can Dr. Malek Help With Your Questions?

Contact Malek Periodontics today to schedule an appointment and be on your way to a healthy smile, healthy life.