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Financial Options

As part of our office policy, we ask for full payment at the time of service. For your convenience we accept cash, debit, Visa and MasterCard.

Our staff will be happy to help you understand your insurance benefits and electronically file your claim with your insurance company so that they may reimburse you directly. However, since your insurance policy is a private contract between you and your insurance company, we are often not provided with enough information to determine your coverage so we cannot be responsible if there is a change or delay in your benefit.

We will also assist you in planning for your periodontal treatment by submitting an estimate of costs to your insurance company on your behalf, in order to obtain a pre-determination.

Frequently Asked

Questions

Why do I need to see a Periodontist?

Most commonly your dentist has referred you to a Periodontist to evaluate a concern associated with the foundation for your teeth, such as bone and gum tissue. This may be a small area or incorporate many teeth.

Will my appointment be covered by my insurance company?

Insurance coverage is dependent on your contract with your insurance company. We will provide estimates to your insurance company on your behalf to help determine if any treatment we recommend is covered. Learn more.

What are my payment options?

We will strive to make the financial portion of your visit as easy as possible. We are a fee for service practice accepting a variety of payment options. Learn more.

If I need gum surgery will it hurt?

Gum surgery will typically come with some discomfort that lasts anywhere from 1 to 3 days post treatment. If pain medications are taken as prescribed, the discomfort can often be eliminated and patients are very comfortable.

Will I need to take time off work?

Time off is not often recommended but if it is needed, it will be discussed at the time of consultation. Doctors notes can be provided if necessary.

If I am having surgery, do I need someone to drive me home?

A responsible driver is only needed if you are having sedation along with the surgery. For any local anesthesia, a driver is not necessary.

Can I eat before I come to my surgery?

Eating is NOT permitted 6 to 8 hours before surgery IF you are having treatment with IV sedation only. A light meal 2 to 3 hours before is allowed for oral and Nitrous oxide. With local anesthesia you can eat normally.

If I see a Periodontist for cleaning, do I still need to see my regular dentist?

Yes. We encourage all of our patients to continue to see their dentist for regular check ups for decay and other tooth related dental concerns. Cleanings are also often shared so we provide cleanings on an alternating basis.

I think I need to see a Periodontist, what should I do? Should I see my dentist first?

If you are concerned with issues related to bleeding, recession, mobility or other periodontal problems, speak with your dentist and ask for a referral. Most dentists will gladly make a recommendation to a specialist.