Q: Will it hurt?

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.

Q: 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 forward to us.

Q: What will it cost?

Since all patients are different, we 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 plan can be established.

Q: Will my Insurance cover the cost?

There is tremendous variability among insurance companies and plans as to benefits provided. Our financial coordinators will help with filing for reimbursement and when necessary, pre-determination. However, insurance is a benefit and you are responsible for payments at time services are rendered.

Q: 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 as conservatively as possible to attaint treatment goals.

Q: Can my teeth be saved?

Our philosophy is to save teeth when possible and replace them when necessary. We are trained in the state of the art regenerative therapies and have consulted with numerous biotechnology companies interested in developing new regenerative products and therapies.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

For Existing Sunshine Dental Patients - In the Event of a Dental Emergency Call: (315) 681-0100*

*We will try our best to return all calls, but we are not “on-call”. This number is intended to be a resource, and not a substitute for emergency care. If it is a true emergency, please contact your nearest emergency room.

315-779-8080 Fax: 315-779-8085 • 140 Eastern Blvd., Watertown, NY 13601 •

email: sunshinedental@nnymail.com