Frequently Asked Questions
Will It Hurt?
We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort. For procedures, we have several options to maximize your comfort. We offer topical anesthetics, local anesthetics, nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation and conscious sedation to help patients meet their treatment objectives.
Do I Need X-Rays?
Periodontal disease assessment includes both a clinical examination as well as a radiographic examination, so we would need to take x-rays in order to see disease that is not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, they will be helpful and you may request to have them forwarded to us. Occasionally, patients may be asked to sign a release or pay a fee to have the x-rays forwarded by their referring dentist.
What Will It Cost?
As all patients are different, Dr. Noraian must complete your examination, which helps to establish your treatment plan. Whenever possible, Dr. Noraian will try to offer multiple treatment options to help you satisfy your personal and financial goals. Our office will provide you with a written treatment plan and the associated fees so that you have the best understanding of how to proceed with your treatment. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problems as well as the complexity and length of treatment. Dr. Noraian and his staff do their best to provide an approximate fee at the initial visit; but on occasion, some initial exploration or further diagnostics must be completed before establishing the final treatment plan. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to help our patients attain treatment goals.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
Dental insurance policies vary with how they cover periodontal treatment. Oftentimes, it is difficult to predict what your insurance policy covers, so we ask that you please bring all medical and 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 and is not a guarantee of your benefit coverage.
Will I Need Surgery?
Not all patients require periodontal surgery. If treated early, Dr. Noraian can control your gum disease without surgery. Dr. Noraian will make recommendations based on your individual situation and provide you with information to help you make the treatment decision that is best for you. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to help our patients attain treatment goals.
Can My Teeth Be Saved?
Recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth. It has been well documented in the periodontal literature that periodontal treatment increases the ability to save teeth by five times. That being said, Dr. Noraian’s first objective is to save teeth. In cases of severe disease, teeth may not necessarily be saved so Dr. Noraian will recommend options to preserve bone in preparation for other tooth replacement options.
When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
Dr. Noraian works closely with your referring dentist, and if you do not have one, Dr. Noraian will help you find one. Typically, your general dentist will provide restorative work such as crowns and fillings. Regardless of your treatment, regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance. Most often we will share your recall visits with your general dentist alternating every three months depending on the reason you were referred to our office.
What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?
Periodontal disease is a progressive and often painless infection of the gums. Delaying periodontal treatment can cause further bone loss, premature tooth loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth and many times, the bone loss continues so that being fitted for dentures becomes increasingly difficult.