Frequently Asked Questions

Will It Hurt?

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can typically be completed with little or no discomfort.

Do I Need X-Rays?

We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to complete your diagnosis and treatment plan. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.  Please have them emailed to [email protected]

What Will It Cost?

Since all patients are different, Dr. Ridgway 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 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 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.  Please understand that a predetermination is not a guarantee of payment.  

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. 

When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?

Our office and your dentist will work closely together. Typically, we will stabilize your periodontal disease in our office and then begin alternating your cleanings or periodontal maintenance between our office & your general dentists office.  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 Treatment for Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. It typically does not hurt until the disease has progressed to such a severe extent that our treatment options are limited.  Delay can cause you further bone loss, tooth loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.