What is a periodontist?
Periodontics is one of nine recognized dental specialties. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating the bone and tissue surrounding the teeth. This specialty requires additional training beyond general dentistry. A high level of skill including surgical ability is necessary for a periodontist to deliver safe and effective treatment.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a disease that attacks the gum and bone and around the teeth. It is the number one cause for tooth loss in adults.
How do I know if I have periodontal disease?
Your general dentist should inform you if there are signs of periodontal disease. There are normally no symptoms associated with periodontal disease. In some cases, you may experience sore gums, bleeding gums or tooth pain.
Do I have the option of being sedated during surgery?
Most surgeries are not painful; however, you may experience some tenderness associated with the surgical site. In most cases, a narcotic prescription is not needed. Dr. Dean will prescribe an anti-inflammatory, which will not hinder you from your daily routine or activities. We offer two types of sedation dentistry: oral sedation, which helps you feel relaxed, or I.V. conscious sedation, which allows you to be in a natural sleep during your surgery.
How soon can I schedule my surgery after the treatment consultation?
What are the benefits of laser treatment?
For select periodontal surgeries, Dr. Dean is able to decrease the amount of trauma and speed up healing times by using the Biolase laser. This laser also enables Dr. Dean to perform some surgeries without the use of sutures.
What is dental insurance and how does it work?
The term dental insurance is confusing as it is actually a benefit based on the terms of a contract negotiated between an employer and a dental insurance company. We strive to help you achieve and maintain optimal dental care. The dental insurance company is not always focused on the same goal. We work with most dental insurance providers and will do everything possible to help you understand and maximize your dental benefits.