Frequently Asked Questions

What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is the specialty branch of dentistry that is concerned with the prevention and treatment of diseases of the gums and the bone surrounding the teeth.  The practice of periodontics requires extensive professional skill in both surgical and nonsurgical procedures that will help keep you smiling, speaking, and chewing with your own teeth.

If you have already lost teeth, a periodontist can help plan, place and maintain dental implant replacements.

What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases, as well as the planning, placement and maintenance of dental implants.  Dr. Cross has devoted three years of comprehensive training at an accredited university program in addition to four years of dental school and four years of college study.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will It Hurt?

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

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 forwarded to us.

What Will It Cost?

Since all patients are different, your periodontist 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. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits; however, this is not required by most plans.

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 attain treatment goals.

Can My Teeth Be Saved?

The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth.

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.

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. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth.

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Jefferson Valley – NY
3630 Hill Boulevard, Suite 302,
Jefferson Valley NY 10535
914.243.5597

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3630 Hill Boulevard, Suite 302, Jefferson Valley NY 10535 914.243.5597