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Frequently Asked Questions About Us
What is a periodontist?
Periodontists are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease as well as implant dentistry. We receive extensive additional training focused upon the soft tissue and bone.
Why choose a periodontist?
While a general dentist may offer a deep cleaning for gum infection or possibly perform a simple tooth extraction, a periodontist is needed for the treatment of advanced periodontal disease or complex cases of extraction. This is due to specialized expertise in the area of gum tissue and bone, addressing issues such as:
• Gum disease
• Gum recession
• Tooth loss
• Bone loss
Our doctors will work closely with your dentist to ensure that you receive the best possible care and that your dentist remains informed of your progress. Periodontal care is in addition to, not instead of, regular dental care so be sure to schedule your usual cleanings and checkups with your dentist.
What treatments does a periodontist offer?
Madison Avenue Periodontics offers the treatment you need to improve and maintain the health and appearance of your smile:
• Osseous/flap surgery
• Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®)
• Scaling and root planing
• Gum grafting and gingevectomy
• Bone grafting procedures
• Dental implants, immediate load dentures, and implant supported dentures
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
- The contact information for any previous dental office (specialty or general)
- Your dental insurance card if we will be submitting a claim on your behalf
- A list of any current medications you may be taking
- Any recent x-rays if they are available
What should I expect at my first appointment?
Your initial consultation will consist of a comprehensive medical and dental history review, a complete periodontal examination including pocket depth measurements, evaluation of gingival recession, evaluation of your bite (occlusion) and tooth mobility, radiographic evaluation, as well as a thorough oral cancer screening. A diagnosis of your condition will be made and treatment options discussed. We strive to provide you a positive and informative first visit.
Is laser gum surgery as effective as traditional gum surgery?
Yes, in many cases laser gum surgery can offer more benefits than traditional gum surgery because it is more precise and less invasive, leading to faster healing and less discomfort.
How do I know if I'm a candidate for gum surgery?
Gum surgery can benefit a range of patients suffering from gum disease. Since the degree and scope of gum issues can vary greatly from patient to patient, the best way to determine if you’re a candidate for gum surgery or another type of treatment is to have a periodontist evaluate you at an initial consultation.
How long do dental implants last?
Implants are designed to be durable, and in many cases, can last a lifetime with proper care. We use the highest quality materials for our dental implants.
How is Madison Avenue Periodontics different from other periodontal practices?
Do you offer emergency care?
Our doctors offer on-call service for issues that might arise suddenly. Time permitting we always try to accommodate patients needing emergency care with same-day appointments.
What are the risks of putting off treatment for gum disease?
Gum disease is an oral infection that slowly damages your gums, connective tissue, and the bone that supports your teeth. The infection will not resolve without treatment, and will only worsen over time. Avoiding treatment can lead to tooth and bone loss.
What types of insurance do you take?
We would be happy to discuss how we can help maximize your dental insurance benefits. Please give us a call so we can go over your options.
What does the consultation fee cover?
During your initial consultation, you will have one-on-one time with one of our experienced periodontists. They will review all the records you provided, discuss your current situation and answer any questions you many have about any issue you are experiencing. Next they will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs in the short and long-term.