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Frequently Asked Periodontal Questions – Mayfield, OH

Your Periodontal Questions, Answered

Most people have never heard the word “periodontist” until they are told by their dentist that they need one. If you have questions about the type of care Dr. Ross offers and why you should visit him versus a general dentist, we’re more than happy to share the information you need. You’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we receive below, but if there is anything else you’d like to ask, you’re always welcome to give us a call.

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a type of dental specialist that focuses on finding, diagnosing, and treating oral health issues that affect the structures that support the teeth, i.e. the gums and jawbone. To gain this distinction, Dr. Ross had to complete dental school just like any other dentist, but then he entered a periodontics program where he received years of advanced training, focusing on subjects like gum disease therapy and dental implant care.

Why should I visit a periodontist instead of a general dentist?

If you have severe gum disease or are considering getting dental implants, then visiting a periodontal specialist is always a wise decision. Periodontists have much more experience tackling these types of issues and performing implant-related procedures compared to a general dentist. They can offer a patient more options and provide a wider range of treatments under one roof as opposed to sending someone from office to office with referrals. And with Dr. Ross specifically, he is one of the very few periodontists in the country that offers robot-assisted implant placement to deliver the fastest and most effective care possible.

Do I need a referral from my dentist to see a periodontist?

No, if you need help with gum disease or are thinking about replacing your teeth with dental implants, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Ross without a referral from your general dentist.

I’m really nervous about getting implants. Can you help?

Certainly! In addition to using the gentlest and least invasive methods available, Dr. Ross also offers sedation dentistry to help our more nervous patients stay relaxed. From mild nitrous oxide to powerful IV sedation, whatever someone needs to remain comfortable, our team is ready to provide it.

Will I need a bone graft before getting dental implants?

Dr. Ross can only answer this question after giving you an exam. In general, the longer you have been missing teeth, the higher your chances of needing a bone graft in order to safely receive implants, but this isn’t a hard-and-fast rule. He can let you know when you come to see him for a consultation.

Do you accept dental insurance?

Yes, Ross Periodontics accepts dental insurance plans from many different providers, and we’ll even file your claims for you so you’re reimbursed as quickly as possible. Give us a call today to learn how we can use your benefits to help you save on your treatment.