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 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. On occasion, it may still be necessary to take additional radiographs in order to properly diagnose your problem. Please be assured that each x-ray taken is done to aid in diagnosis. Also remember that the most modern computer assisted technology is used in our office resulting in much less radiation exposure than traditional dental x-rays.
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.
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.
Will I Need Surgery?
Dr. Limardi believes that not all patients require surgical care for a successful treatment outcome. He also believes that there are situations in which the patient understands the need for surgical care, however the timing is not optimal for them. In those cases, an individual maintenance plan will be presented until the patient is ready to move into the surgical phase of therapy. Most of the surgical care that he provides is regenerative in nature to restore both hard and soft tissue for optimal function and aesthetics. All procedures performed are based on sound scientific research. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Dr. Limardi’s philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain optimal periodontal health.
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.
What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?
Periodontal disease may be a progressive, painless infection. Delaying treatment may result in the loss of more bone, teeth and may unnecessarily complicate treatment.