Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on my first visit?
We ask that all patients provide the following information at their first appointment:
- Your referral slip and any x-rays from your referring dentist
- A list of medications you’re currently taking
Your visit will also include a comprehensive exam. During your exam, Dr. Rynar will look for periodontal disease, tooth decay, and TMJ dysfunction, in addition to measuring for bone loss or loose teeth. We can also conduct an oral cancer screening.
Will my exam hurt?
We promise to be as gentle as possible. Most periodontal exams are completed with little to no discomfort.
Will I need X-Rays?
We will need a current set of x-rays to complete your periodontal diagnosis. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.
How much will my appointment cost?
Because all patients are different, we must complete your exam before determining the fee for care. It can vary depending on your needs and the treatment plan we recommend. We can typically approximate a fee at your initial visit, but on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics may need to be completed before the final cost can be established.
Your insurance policy may cover some of the costs, so please bring all benefit information with you. We are happy to submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits.
Will I need surgery?
Not every patient needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled non-surgically. Our philosophy is to provide the most conservative treatment possible for each patient that will provide the most sustainable result.
Can my teeth be saved?
Recent advances in periodontal therapy have made it possible for us to successfully treat most teeth.
What if I avoid care?
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Putting off care can cause further bone loss and lead to more expensive treatment later. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth.
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