Frequently Asked Questions about Periodontic Health

What is gum disease?

It is actually a family of infectious diseases which effect the support of your teeth.

Is gum disease affecting my health?

Yes. It is a slow ongoing infection. The bacteria in the disease area travels to other parts of the body such as the heart valve and can affect them. In addition, your body fights the disease using your immunity cells, causing other reactions at the same time

Is gum disease genetic?

Only in part. You can be more susceptible than others.

Can I be affected at my age?

There is no age for gum disease. It can start young, and in some cases affects children.

I am pregnant, is gum disease important?

Yes. Gum disease can be more severe during pregnancy. It can also affect the baby. If you have bleeding gums, some simple treatment can help.

How is gum disease treated?

It usually starts with an initial phase to arrest the infection. The periodontist might suggest gum surgeries to repair the damage.

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.

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?

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.

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?

Dr. Lakkis, your Alexandria Periodontist, works very closely with your primary dentist. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them and 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 natural teeth.