Periodontist in Brooklyn - Victor Terranova, DDM, MS, PhD.

What exactly is a periodontist?
Periodontists are specialized dental surgeons that have undergone extensive training (usually 2-4 years). They specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontitis,gingivitis and severe gum disease. They are familiar with the latest techniques including LANAP surgery, pocket reduction, scaling and deplaning and they are highly trained allowing them to perform cosmetic procedures such as gingival gum grafts and dental implants.

Is periodontal work covered by medicaid and other insurance companies?

there is no hard and fast rule for this question. Medicaid covers necessary procedures for adults across the country but can vary for each state. the plan you have may pay for anesthesia, dental emergencies and periodontal procedures that are necessary for your health. Check with your provider or medicaid to ensure that periodontal procedures are covered.

What is the average cost of periodontal treatment in 2017.

Gum Disease Treatment Cost

Cases can vary considerably but periodontal treatment is expensive due to the fact it is highly specialized and time consuming. Prices of up to $4500 are considered normal for periodontal treatment. However some periodontists may charge less. More extensive work like laser periodontal treatment for  severe periodontal cases — which usually entails treatment like, DPT® and LANAP®. The average  cost of these treatments is about $1,000 per quadrant.

Patients with gum disease being treated by a periodontist will have costs  depending on the severity of the gum infection as well as the extent of receding gums. Also whether the patient has  gingivitis or periodontal disease is also a contributing cost factor..

Cost of Gum Tissue Graft

Gingival gum grafts can be expensive. A periodontist will charge  $700-$1000 for a single procedure on a small site that may only cover one or two teeth. Other factors can include the extent of the gum recession and the type of tissue used whether from the pallet or Alloderm. 

Bleeding Gums

A patient will have bleeding gums when they brush or floss. This  may be a sign that you have gum disease.  There are three stages of gum disease. From least to most severe they are gingivitis, periodontitis and severe periodontitis.

A  buildup of plaque at the gum line is the main cause of gum disease. This can lead to a condition called gingivitis or inflamed gums.

When the plaque that is not removed becomes hard  tartar will form (mostly bacteria). Eventually it leads to increased bleeding. The more advanced form of gum disease is called periodontal disease.

Can a periodontist perform implant surgery?

Yes periodontists place dental implants all the time and they are highly qualified to do so. Periodontists are an important part of your treatment plan. Periodontists are highly specialized in the aspects of gum tissue, repairing bone loss and the placement of dental implants.

How much does laser gum treatment cost?

How does LANAP™ differ from traditional gum disease treatments?LANAP™ offers many benefits over traditional methods of gum disease treatment. One of the main benefits is that the procedure is now minimally invasive to the patient - meaning treatment is virtually pain-free with negligible post operative discomfort.Other benefits of LANAP™ when compared to traditional gum disease treatment:
less bleeding
  • less time in surgery
  • fast healing and short recovery
  • minimal removal of healthy gum tissue
  • elimination of bacteria and reduced inflammation within the mouth
  • safe for patient with health conditions and those of certain medications

What is periodontal scaling and root planing?

Dentists agree that dental deep cleanings are the best way to treat patients with chronic gum disease. ... The treatment, also called scaling and root planing, removes plaque and bacteria below the gums to prevent bone loss that can loosen teeth and complicate medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gumline used to treat gum disease.

Why Do I Need It?
Gum disease is caused by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but if they aren’t cleaned well, the bacteria in plaque can cause your gums to become inflamed. When this happens, your gums will pull away from your teeth and form spaces called pockets. Plaque then gets trapped in these pockets and cannot be removed with regular brushing. If untreated, gum disease could lead to bone and tooth loss.


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