Frequently Asked Questions
At Periodontal Associates of Memphis, we want you to be informed and educated about your care! These questions are frequently asked, but if you don’t find the answer you are looking for please contact us and a team member will be happy to answer your question.
When Should I See a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a specialist in treating the gums surrounding and the bone supporting your teeth. Without healthy gum and bone, even healthy teeth can fall out! Your general dentist may refer you to a periodontist for treatment if you show signs of gum disease, or to get a dental implant if you lose a tooth. You may also end up seeing a periodontal hygienist regularly for your cleaning appointments if you have experienced periodontitis and need to have your gums monitored regularly. Our Doctors have decades of experience as periodontists, treating gums, teeth, and bone for functional and aesthetic results.
Who Needs Periodontal Care?
Anyone who has signs of periodontal disease (such as sensitive, red, swollen, or bleeding gums) and many who show no signs at all can benefit from periodontal care. Gum disease causes the loss of more teeth than decay and trauma combined, so having your gum health checked and maintained is vital to keeping your teeth healthy and in place.
Who Needs Dental Implants?
Anyone who has experienced or is about to experience the loss of a tooth or teeth can be a candidate for dental implants. Implants are able to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like original teeth, and can restore your smile.
What if I Am Scared of the Dentist?
At our Memphis periodontal office, we know that thousands of patients avoid dental care every year due to anxiety. We offer several different types of dental sedation to help your visit be comfortable and fear free. Just ask about sedation when you request your appointment.
Does my Insurance Cover Periodontal Treatment?
Does the Dentist Need to Know What Medications I am Taking?
All prescribed and over the counter medications and supplements you are taking should be noted on the appropriate form in your new patient registration packet, along with any health conditions. Please especially let us know if you are on heart medication or blood thinners. We use a special mouth rinse to prevent bleeding during periodontal procedures, so you won’t usually have to stop taking your medications before surgery.