Periodontic FAQs

What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation.

Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures. Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement and repair of dental implants.

Who Should See a Periodontist?

Some patients’ periodontal needs can be managed by the general dentist. However, as more and more patients are exhibiting signs of periodontal disease, coupled with research that suggests a relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases of aging, periodontal treatment may necessitate a greater understanding and increased level of expertise by a trained specialist. Patients who present with moderate or severe levels of periodontal disease, or patients with more complex cases, will be best managed by a partnership between the dentist and periodontist.

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?

Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. 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.

How Much Time Off Work Will I Need?

You will typically need to take the day off the day that we do the procedure. You should be able to go back to work the next day under a normal routine excluding heavy exercise, and you will be on a modified diet. Additionally, you will likely be on some pain medication and antibiotics.

Do You Administer IV Sedation?

Yes. Dr. N. Mohamed has undergone specialized advanced training and obtained certification in order to administer IV conscious sedation to his patients. If fact, we recommend IV sedation for many of our procedures. If you are a candidate for IV sedation, we will let you know at your appointment.

How Soon After A Procedure Can I Travel?

At Alliance Dental Specialists in Oakville, Ontario, we recommend at least a two-week window from the time the procedure is performed and the leave date for your travels. This will ensure early healing and allow time for you to see him, giving you the confidence that you will be fine prior to the leave date of your trip.

Does This Hurt?

Some procedures elicit no pain whatsoever; other procedures will have what’s described as annoying soreness that may last a week. Rest assured, we will have protocols in place to get you through any discomforts you may experience.

Where Does the Bone Come from for a Bone Graft?

The bone can come from numerous sources including human tissue bank, cow bone, or even harvested from your own body. Dr. Mohamed uses very reputable tissue donor labs. It is very safe, and does not stay in your body.

Do You Accept Payment Arrangements?

For your convenience, we offer a variety of payment options.