Sally J. Cram, D.D.S., P.C.

Practice Limited to Periodontics and Implants

Providing state of the art periodontal treatment in a friendly, caring, comfortable environment. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is periodontal disease?

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Why, all of a sudden is my dentist sending me to a periodontist?

How is periodontal disease treated?

Does periodontal treatment hurt?

What is going to happen on my first visit?

How much will my treatment cost and will insurance cover it?

Why must I start treatment right away?

What are there medical consequences if I delay treatment?

How is my general dentist important to my periodontal care?

What are dental implants?

Do you use the latest equipment and techniques?

What other treatments do you provide?

 

What is periodontal disease?

 

Periodontal disease (also known as "Periodontal Infection", "Gum Disease" or "Pyorrhea") is an ongoing infection in the gums around your teeth. The cause of periodontal disease is infectious bacteria which gets deep into your gums.

This infection starts destroying the bone that supports your teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. For more information, see the section entitled Periodontal Disease.

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What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

 

For more information see the section entitled Periodontal Disease.

 

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Why, all of a sudden is my dentist sending me to a periodontist?

Periodontists have advanced training in the treatment of periodontal disease and dental implants.

Patients with periodontal infection have lower resistance to periodontal bacteria. This causes a continuing gum infection that can grow in bursts of activity. Some factors that can cause a dramatic speed-up of your periodontal disease are:

Two other important factors are:

When your infection has a "burst" of growth, or when there are signs that this is may occur, periodontal treatment may be recommended.

 

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How is periodontal disease treated?

Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums and jawbone. The goal of treatment is to remove this infection and prevent it from coming back. For more information see the Procedures section.

After your initial examination, we will completely explain the treatment you will need.

 

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Does periodontal treatment hurt?

One of our primary concerns is that you have a comfortable experience during treatment. Towards this end, we offer an extensive array of the latest techniques to minimize discomfort.

Many of our patients come back stating they are amazed at how little discomfort they experienced.

 

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What is going to happen on my first visit?

On your first visit to our office, you will receive a periodontal examination. You should experience little, if any, discomfort during this examination. If necessary, x-rays will be taken to further evaluate any loss of bone around your teeth.

Afterwards, your findings and options for treatment will be thoroughly explained. At that time the doctor will answer any questions you may have.

Our goal is that you leave with a complete understanding of your condition and the treatment needed to restore you to optimum oral health.

 

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How much will my treatment cost and will insurance cover it?

Everyone deserves to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. While periodontal treatment is not as costly as replacing natural teeth due to tooth loss, its cost can vary greatly depending upon your needs.

If you have dental insurance, this may provide full or partial coverage. We can discuss the cost of care fully once a treatment plan has been designed for you.

 

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Why must I start treatment right away?

Periodontal infection grows in "bursts of activity".

It is likely that you have been referred to us because your general dentist has noticed an increase in infection activity.

This infection eats away at the bone that supports your teeth (leading to tooth loss). If not treated, there can be a number of consequences. Please see the Dental & Medical Consequences section for a list of these.

 

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What are there medical consequences if I delay treatment?

When periodontal infection gets into the bone around your teeth, it can then enter your blood stream. From there it travels to other parts of the body and can contribute to medical problems.

Recent research has found that patients with periodontal disease are more than twice as likely to have heart disease and stroke.

 

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How is my general dentist important to my periodontal care?

Your general dentist knows your entire dental history, the condition of your teeth, and your future dental needs. He is in charge of your overall dental care. We work closely with him or her to ensure you will receive the best possible dental care.

In many cases, your general dentist may do your preliminary periodontal treatment and a portion of your periodontal maintenance afterwards.

 

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What are dental implants?

Dental mplants are natural looking replacements for missing teeth. The dental implant itself is a post that is attached to your jawbone. This post provides an anchor for your general dentist to place crowns, bridges or other restorations.

We are experts in the placement of dental implant posts. Dental implants begin with an evaluation by your general dentist who will decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

 

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Do you use the latest equipment and techniques?

We keep ourselves up to date regarding equipment and periodontal procedures. You can be sure you will receive state-of-the-art care in our office.

Regarding sterilization, we believe that all procedures should be safe as well as comfortable. We use only the latest sterilization techniques. 

 

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What other treatments do you provide?

Besides periodontal treatment and dental implants, we can perform a number of procedures, including:

 

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