Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use? 
A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

Q: Is one toothpaste better than others? 
A: Generally, no. However, it's advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.

Q: How often should I floss? 
A: Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.

Q: What is periodontal disease? 
A: Periodontal disease (also known as "periodontal infection", "gum disease" or "pyorrhea") is an ongoing infection in the gums around your teeth. The cause of periodontal disease is infectious bacteria, which gets deep into your gums and causes inflammation.

Q: What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
A: Because periodontal infection grows under your gums, you can have no symptoms at all. Patients with more advanced periodontal disease may experience some of the following symptoms:
          • Red, swollen or tender gums.
          • Tooth sensitivity to heat/cold
          • Bad breath
          • Deep pockets around the teeth
          • Spaces between the teeth
          • Loose or shifting teeth
          • Missing teeth
          • Gums receding around the teeth (longer looking teeth)
Q: Why is my dentist sending me to a periodontist?
A: Periodontists have advanced training in the treatment of periodontal disease and placement of dental implants. Patients with periodontal infection have lower resistance to periodontal bacteria. This causes a continuing gum infection that can grow in bursts of activity. When your infection has a "burst" of growth, or when there are signs that this is may occur, periodontal treatment may be recommended. Some factors that can cause a dramatic speed-up of your periodontal inflammation are:
          • Poor oral hygiene
          • Dental plaque
          • Smoking
          • Genetic factors
          • Stress
          • Diet
          • Age
          • Illness
Two other important factors are:
          • Lack of regular dental checkups.
          • Lack of regular dental cleanings.
Q: How is periodontal disease treated?
A: Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums and jawbone. The goal of treatment is to remove this infection and prevent it from coming back. After your initial examination, we will completely explain your different options for treatment.

Q: Does periodontal treatment hurt?
A: One of our primary concerns is that you have a comfortable experience during treatment.  We offer an extensive array of the latest techniques to minimize discomfort. Many of our patients come back stating they are amazed at how little discomfort they experienced

Q: What is going to happen on my first visit?
A: On your first visit to our office, you will receive a periodontal examination. You should experience little, if any, discomfort during this examination. If necessary, x-rays will be taken to further evaluate any loss of bone around your teeth. 

Afterwards, your findings and options for treatment will be thoroughly explained. At that time Dr. Yarbrough will answer any questions you may have. 

Our goal is that you leave with a complete understanding of your condition and the treatment needed to restore you to optimum oral health.

Q: How much will treatment cost and will my insurance cover it?
A: Everyone deserves to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. While periodontal treatment is not as costly as replacing natural teeth due to tooth loss, its cost can vary greatly depending upon your needs.

If you have dental insurance, this may provide full or partial coverage. Our office will contact your insurance company to learn what they will cover.

We feel that finances should never be an obstacle to treatment. For your convenience, we offer several payment options. We also have payment plans to suit your individual needs. Our insurance coordinator will be happy to answer any of your financial or insurance questions. 

Q: Why must I start treatment right away?
A: Periodontal infection grows in "bursts of activity". It is likely that you have been referred to us because your general dentist has noticed an increase in infection activity.

Periodontal infection eats away at the bone that supports your teeth (leading to tooth loss). If not treated, there can be a number of consequences.

Q: What are the medical consequences, if I delay treatment?
A: Periodontal disease is an ongoing infection which becomes inflamed. When this inflammation gets into the bone around your teeth, it then enters your blood stream. From there it travels to other parts of the body and contributes to many medical problems.

Recent research has found that patients with periodontal inflammation are more than twice as likely to have heart disease and stroke.

Q: How is my general dentist important to my periodontal care?
A: Your general dentist knows your entire dental history, the condition of your teeth, and your future dental needs. He is in charge of your overall dental care. We work closely with him or her to ensure you will receive the best possible dental care.

In many cases, your general dentist may do your preliminary periodontal treatment and a portion of your periodontal maintenance afterwards.

Q: Do you use the latest equipment and techniques?
A: We keep ourselves up to date regarding equipment and periodontal procedures. You can rest assured you will receive state-of-the-art care in our office.

Regarding sterilization, we believe that all procedures should be safe as well as comfortable. We use only the latest sterilization techniques.

Q: What other treatments do you provide?
A: Besides periodontal treatment and dental implants, we can perform a number of procedures, including:
          • Crown Lengthening
          • Bone Grafting
          • Antibiotic Treatment
          • Cosmetic Surgery to enhance your smile

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