Common Q&A

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is an infection of the gums which destroys bone that hold your teeth in place. Most patients have no idea they have Periodontal Disease until it is too late or their dentist tells them they have gum disease.

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Why is it required that I have a consultation appointment prior to scheduling for treatment?

This allows Chapel Hill Periodontics & Implants to evaluate your case and make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan based on your needs. It allows him to go over various treatment options and answer any questions. It also allows Chapel Hill Periodontics & Implants a chance to review your medical history to determine if there are any contraindications to treatment.

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Will my treatment be covered by dental insurance?

Some insurance plans cover a percentage of periodontal treatment but since there are so many plans available now; unfortunately, it makes it impossible for us to quote coverage. The best recommendation is to speak to some one in the employee’s benefits department or look through the benefits booklet provided by the insurance carrier to find out the coverage offered for periodontal treatment.

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Are any of the procedures covered under my medical insurance?

There is only one that can be submitted to your medical insurance but if you have dental insurance by law we are required to submit the procedure to your dental insurance carrier first. The procedure is for a soft tissue biopsy.

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Is it necessary to have my teeth cleaned every 3 months?

For some patients yes. Some cases of Periodontal Disease are not as stable as others and; therefore, it is more prudent to be seen more frequently to try to avoid more invasive procedures later.

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Why do I have to alternate my cleanings between you and my general dentist?

This way you get the best of both worlds. When you visit Chapel Hill Periodontics & Implants we emphasize on your gums and any areas that may be declining. When you see your general dentist their emphasis is on finding decay early and performing restorative treatment that needs to be completed.