Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need X-Rays?
Our office 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 are forwarded to us.

What Will It Cost?
Since all patients are different, Dr. Russo or Dr. Braga must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan 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 goal 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. Dr. Russo or Dr. Braga will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our goal is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Can My Teeth Be Saved?
The recent advances in periodontal therapy allow us to successfully treat most teeth, particularly if issues are diagnosed early.

When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
Our office, Drs. Russo and Braga 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.