Frequently Asked Questions
Will It Hurt?
We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with virtually no discomfort.
Do I Need X-Rays?
We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to see disease not clinically visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, they will be forwarded to us.
What Will It Cost?
Since all patients are different, Dr. Gainey must complete your periodontal 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. Occasionally, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment plan can be established. Our philosophy of practice at the Okanagan Periodontal and Implant Centre is to treat our patients as conservatively as possible, to attain the desired treatment goals.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all of your dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. We will routinely submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits.
Will I Need Surgery?
Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can often be controlled without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation.
Can My Teeth Be Saved?
The recent advances in periodontal therapy allow us to successfully maintain most teeth.
When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If restorative treatment, such as fillings and crowns are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular restorative recalls with your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.
What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. A delay in treatment can cause you further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.