Why has no one told me about periodontal disease before?

Simply put, the condition of your gums may have changed, just like you may have developed a cavity since your last visit with a dentist. Unfortunately, because your body changes, gum disease can be difficult to detect. This is the reason that we invite you to visit our office twice a year. Our skilled dentist and hygiene team is trained to recognize the signs of periodontal disease. When left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to complications with your overall health, including heart disease, diabetes, and complications during pregnancy. Furthermore, several other factors—such as smoking, poor oral hygiene, diabetes, and medications—can put you at greater risk for gum disease.

Does my insurance cover dental cleanings?

To answer this question accurately, we need to know the details of your dental plan. If you bring the details of your insurance plan to our office, we will gladly help you understand your coverage.

Generally speaking, patients should plan on paying 30-50 percent of treatment and their co-payment. Treating gum disease is extremely important, so it is essential that you receive the care you need. We recommend speaking with your employer if your dental benefits seem extremely low.

My insurance only covers two cleanings a year. Will I need more frequent visits?

If you have a chronic infection, Dr. Marianne Morelli may recommend more frequent visits. If not treated, gum disease can lead to several complications, such as heart disease, diabetes, and preterm or low birth weight babies in pregnant women. Furthermore, gum disease can result in the loss of gum tissue and tooth loss. In chronic cases, our dentist will have to remove the infected areas with specialized tools frequently, usually at least every four months.

Insurances generally allow for two cleanings a year. However, there are also benefits for patients who need help combating bacterial infections or preventing the loss of teeth and supporting bone structure. If we identify periodontal disease, we will do everything possible to ensure that you receive you receive every benefit possible.

How does insurance help me?

Insurance is intended to help you meet your financial responsibilities, not to cover the entire cost of the care you need. While we are not contractually obligated to you or your insurance provider, we will work to help you receive the benefits you are entitled to. Benefits are determined by a patient’s policy, not by their individual needs. Also, we do not determine which treatments are approved or denied.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions about insurance, periodontal disease, or dental care.