Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen at my first visit?
We will complete an in depth medical and dental health history and a thorough examination that measures for bone loss, loose teeth, and other signs of periodontal disease. We will provide an oral cancer screening, bite and TMJ consultation.
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.
Will it hurt?
The periodontal exam can be completed with little to 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, Dr. Lawrence Goettisheim must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan 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 plan can be established.
Will my Insurance cover the cost?
Dental insurance policies often help in covering some of the cost of periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a pre-determination of your insurance benefit.
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 referring 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.
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 teeth.