Questions Relating to Dental Implants
Dental implants begin with an evaluation by your general dentist who will decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure.For more detailed information, please see the section entitled "Dental Implants."
Questions Relating to Periodontal Disease
This infection starts destroying the bone that supports your teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. For more information, please see the section entitled "Periodontal Disease."
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Tooth sensitivity to heat/cold
- Bad breath
- Deep pockets around the teeth
- Spaces between the teeth
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Missing teeth
- Gums receding around the teeth (longer looking teeth)
Patients with periodontal infection have a lowered resistance to periodontal bacteria. This causes a continuing gum infection that can grow in bursts of activity. Some factors that can cause a dramatic increase in the severity of your periodontal disease are:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Dental plaque
- Genetic factors
Two other important factors are:
- Lack of regular dental checkups
- Lack of regular dental cleanings
For more information see Periodontal Disease Treatment.
For more information on the patient comfort techniques we use, see our Procedures page.
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.
Afterwards, our findings and your options for treatment will be thoroughly explained. At that time, Dr. Jirsa 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.
If you have dental insurance, this may provide full or partial coverage. Our office will contact your insurance company to learn what they will cover.
We feel that finances should never be an obstacle to treatment. For your convenience, we offer several payment options including outside interest-free financing with Care Credit and Wells Fargo. We also have an in-office payment plan. Marlissa and Ann will be happy to answer any of your financial or insurance questions.
Recent research has found that patients with periodontal disease are more than twice as likely to suffer heart disease and stroke. Please read the section entitled "Medical Consequences of Periodontal Disease" to see an overview of recent research correlating periodontal disease with serious medical problems.
Regarding sterilization, we believe that all procedures should be safe as well as comfortable. We use only the latest sterilization techniques. For more information on treatment techniques and sterilization see the section entitled "Procedures."
Prescriptive Periodontal Procedures:
- Crown lengthening
- Aesthetic ridge augmentation
- Connective tissue grafting
- Gingival (gum) contouring
- Aesthetic crown lengthening
- Soft tissue grafting
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.