Do I need x-rays?
We will need current x-rays in order to properly evaluate the health of your teeth. Some disease is not visible without these to properly diagnose your condition.
How long will the first visit take?
Please allow an hour for Dr. Stacy to properly evaluate and review her findings.
What will I need to correct my periodontal disease?
With all patients being different, it will be necessary to have a consultation with Dr. Stacy to allow her to diagnosis your particular situation. She will review any and all options to make the proper treatment plan that is best for you.
What will this cost?
Since all patients are different, Dr. Stacy must complete your examination before being able to establish your fee and treatment plan for the fee for care. The fees can vary depending on the type of problem, and complexity.
How much will my dental insurance cover?
Please bring all dental benefit information with you to your initial examination appointment. After a treatment plan has been established, we will submit to your insurance carrier a predetermination of your benefits. This process can take 4-6 weeks for the insurance to process this request.
Will this save my teeth?
In most cases periodontal treatment has a high success rate. This allows us to treat most teeth. However, in some situations the bone loss is so severe that the tooth may not be able to be saved. There are other options available in replacing lost teeth.
What if I choose to not to do any treatment?
With periodontal disease being a painless condition, the delay of treatment can result in further bone loss, and more expense. Chronic dental infections can increase your risk of other serious health problems.
What can I expect during any dental procedure?
While you are in our office you will be well taken care of! When the patient is initially brought back a few things will routinely happen. Blood pressure and pulse will be taken. If no over the counter anti-inflammatory has been taken, one will be given. If the patient has any questions of the procedure those will be answered. The procedure will be completed.
What can I expect after the procedure?
The area in which Dr. Stacy worked will be numb. Please take care as to not bite any of these areas. It is also very easy to burn an area still having anesthesia effects; this would include hot foods or drinks.
Placing ice on the area can be beneficial. Doing this for a half an hour on and half an hour off is recommended. Bruising, swelling, or discomfort is normal.
A prescription may be provided by Dr. Stacy. You may also take over the counter Aleve (Naproxen), Advil (Ibuprofen) or Tylenol (Acetaminophen) as directed for discomfort. These may be taken instead of your prescription. Please consult Dr. Stacy about this.
When should I call Dr. Stacy?
If you have bleeding that does not stop. A moistened tea bag held over the area can help control bleeding.
You feel you have excessive pain that is not controlled by the medicine prescribed to you. People have different levels of thresholds of pain, but the majority of the procedures completed in our office do not create excessive amounts of discomfort. You may need another medication prescribed.
If you feel the area is warm to the touch, or there is excessive discomfort, discharge, or swelling.