Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen at my first visit?
Please assist us at the time of your initial visit by providing the following information:
- Your referral slip and x-rays from your referring dentist.
- A list of medications you are currently taking (please note that you can fill out your patient registration and medical history form on this web page.)
- If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.
Please Note: a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment must accompany all patients under 18.
Please notify the office if you have a medical condition that requires pre-medication with antibiotics (e.g. artificial heart valves or joints, heart murmurs, or recent joint replacement.)
We will complete an in depth medical and dental health history and a thorough examination to measure for bone loss, loose teeth, bite, oral cancer screening, TMJ and other signs of periodontal disease.
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 unique, Dr. Bye must first discuss your concerns and then complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment and dental implants can vary considerably depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. An approximate fee can usually be determined by your second visit. On occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment plan can be established.
Will my insurance cover the cost?
Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. However, coverage for dental implants and cosmetic procedures is usually more limited or nonexistent. Please bring all dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. The team here will be happy to assist you in determining how much your insurance will assist you.
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 you as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.
Can my teeth be saved?
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 get gum treatment?
Periodontal disease is a chronic, progressive, bacterial infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss and more expensive type of therapy. Once your teeth are lost conventional dentures are never as effective as your own teeth. Dental implant supported dentures may be recommended.