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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer financing?

We offer Care Credit financing. Care Credit is a credit card for medical as well as dental services. It is easy to qualify for. If I have dental anxiety, what can you do for me? We offer three different options to address dental anxiety.
  1. Nitrous Oxide 
  2. Oral Sedation 
  3. Intravenous (IV) Sedation 
We want to do everything in our power to ease your anxiety and ensure a pleasant experience in our office

What are the costs of services?

When you come into our office for an exam and consultation, we will present a treatment plan for you that will describe the services needed and the costs that pertain to those services.

Where exactly is your office located?

We are located on the West side of Woodlands Parkway near FM 2978 across from the Super Wal-Mart. We are next door to Chase Bank. If you are coming from I-45, take Woodlands Pkwy West past Kuykendahl, you will go through a few more stoplights and then stop signs. Before you get to FM 2978, you will make a right turn onto Montfair. Immediately turn left into the Chase Bank parking lot. Go past the Chase Bank, and you will see us on the corner of the strip center just West of the Chase Bank.

What is an implant?

An implant is the most natural replacement for teeth that are lost due to trauma or periodontitis (periodontal disease). A titanium implant replaces the natural root of a tooth. Once placed into the jaw and allowed to heal, your general dentist will attach a crown or appliance to restore your natural contour, function, comfort, esthetics, speech, and health of your mouth.

What is the treatment timeline for getting an implant?

Once you know you need an implant, we will have you come in for a presurgery/consultation appointment, usually one week before your surgery. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions prior to the surgery.

Most people have to wait about 3 months to allow the implant to heal and fuse with the bone. Once you have healed you will come in to have the abutment placed. The abutment is an attachment that screws onto the implant. The abutment is what the crown will be cemented to.

After the abutment is placed, you will go to your general dentist on the same day to have your temporary crown placed. We make sure we have coordinating appointments with your general dentist.

It usually will take the dental lab about 4 weeks to make your final/permanent crown. You will then go back to your general dentist to remove the temporary crown and have the permanent crown cemented.

Does it hurt?

During the procedure, you will be completely numb so you won\'t feel any pain. After the procedure, you will be given pain medication. Everyone has a different level of pain tolerance, but many of our patients have stated that Advil/Tylenol was all they needed. Any discomfort you have after the procedure usually only lasts 1 or 2 days.

How is laser surgery different from traditional periodontal surgery?

With traditional periodontal therapy, the periodontist has to make an incision and then place sutures at the end. The discomfort post surgery can last up to 2 weeks. Regular cleaning and probing can resume 3 months post surgery.

With laser surgery, the periodontist does NOT make an incision and does NOT place any sutures. The discomfort post surgery only lasts 1-2 days. Regular cleaning and probing can resume 6 months post surgery.

With both the traditional surgery and laser surgery it is important to have your occlusion (bite) assessed to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with your healing. It is especially vital with laser surgery, because any excessive pressure on an area can cause irritation to the healing tissue.

How long will I have to stay home to recover?

The recovery period after laser surgery is fairly quick. If you have IV sedation, you will probably need that day to rest, but you will be fine the next day. Most people return to work the day after the surgery.

How much more is the laser therapy? I've been told by my Dentist that it is expensive.

The laser is very comparable to the fee for conventional periodontal surgery. It is not more because it is a new technology.

How will I feel after the surgery?

You may experience some soreness. Dr. Bradshaw will prescribe some antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory to take care of any discomfort you may experience.

What is LANAP?

LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure.

LANAP reduces periodontal gum pocket depth by helping:
  1. The dentist to have improved visualization of the laser-detached gum pocket soft tissue linings to aid scaling and root planing for removal of calculus (tartar) deposits. 
  2. Reattachment of the laser treated gum tissues to the roots by promoting growth of new bone and/or root surfaces. 
LANAP treatments are generally less painful than traditional flap surgical procedures and in the doctor's opinion have greater predictability for reattachment of gum tissue and bone growth. Thus, LANAP helps promote long-term periodontal health.

Will my insurance cover LANAP?

We do not use any special codes because it is laser surgery. We use the same codes that every office uses for periodontal surgery.

What is periodontitis (periodontal disease)?

Periodontitis is one of the major reasons for tooth loss. It is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth (periodontia) caused by an imbalance between bacteria in the mouth and a person's immune system. This condition is treatable through a variety of both surgical and non-surgical methods depending on each individual\'s needs. Surgical methods are usually reserved for only the most advanced forms of this disease. The objectives of surgery are to stop the progression of the disease, thereby preserving existing bone and teeth, eliminate pockets, and to grow new bone and attachment where possible. Success rates are high, exceeding 80% in most patients.

What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

Gingivitis is an infection of the gingiva (gums). The bacteria that is in the plaque on your teeth irritates the gums causing them to become inflamed and bleed. This infection is 100% reversible if treated promptly and you maintain good oral hygiene practices at home. Periodontitis is gum disease also caused by bacteria, but the bacteria not only infect the gums they also attack the underlying bone causing bone loss and gum recession. This disease is not as easily reversed. With scaling and root planing and good oral hygiene practices at home, the progression of periodontitis can be stopped and a healthy state can be achieved. In order to reverse any bone loss or gingival recession, surgery may be required such as bone grafting or gum grafting.

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you may be suffering from gum disease. When caught early we can treat your gum disease and help save your teeth!

Click below to take the American Academy of Periodontology's Gum Disease Risk Assessment test to see if you may have or be at risk for gum disease.


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