Frequently Asked Questions

The office of Gregg W. McKenzie, DDS is conveniently located in Columbia, SC and proudly serves patients in all of the surrounding communities. Dr. McKenzie and his staff want you to be fully informed about your periodontal needs and treatment options, including dental implants, periodontal surgeries and more.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact our office if you have additional questions. We will be happy to help you!

How much will treatment cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?

While it is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you, we will go over the exact cost during your initial examination. We DO have many financing options available to accommodate your needs and we will be happy to review these with you in detail.

We also carefully review your insurance policy with you and file claims on your behalf.  We always strive to help you maximize reimbursement. Usually insurance plans will cover at least a portion of periodontal treatments.

Will treatment hurt?

Our top priority is to provide optimal treatment in a comfortable, stress-free environment. The initial exam is usually pain-free. However, IV sedation and/or local anesthesia are used to eliminate discomfort during periodontal procedures. Any post-operative pain is addressed with medication.

Will I need to have X-rays taken?

We will need X-rays to accurately diagnose your treatment needs. We are happy to use any X-rays taken by your referring dentist.

Will I have to have surgery?

You will not necessarily need periodontal surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the need for surgical intervention. We want to treat you in the most conservative way possible.

Will I be able to keep my natural teeth?

Using the latest technological advancements we are typically able to save most patients’ natural teeth. When that is not possible there are options for tooth replacement.

How often should I see my general dentist?

Frequency of dental appointments for follow-up care is dependent upon the patient’s overall dental health condition.

What will happen if I decline or delay periodontal treatment?

As with any disease, periodontal disease will progress without intervention. You run the risk of experiencing deterioration of the gums, teeth, and bone. Delaying treatment will increase the likelihood of tooth loss, as well as the intensity and expense of treatment.

Have questions? Call your Columbia, SC Periodontist: (803) 788-0900

Whether you know you need periodontal procedures or not, contact Dr. McKenzie's office with your questions. Get informed, and get treated by the premier periodontist serving the Columbia, SC Area.

LANAP & LAPIP Laser Treatment

A pioneering method for treating periodontitis (gum disease) at all stages of progression.

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Sinus Lift

A sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, is a procedure for adding bone material to the jaw when necessary.

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Ridge Preservation

Ridge preservation surgery is used to restore the jaw bone when tooth loss weakens the tooth socket.

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Ridge Augmentation

Ridge augmentation is performed when the ridge of the jaw must be built up prior to placing implants.

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Guided Tissue Bone Regeneration

Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) is a technique that restores bone strength prior to implant placement.

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Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance includes examinations and procedures designed to slow and prevent gum disease.

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Gingivectomy is a surgical procedure where infected and inflamed gums are reshaped to control bacteria.

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Dental Bone Grafting

Bone grafts are any of a handful of procedures that replace missing bone or promote new bone growth.

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Gingival Graft / Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is often used to cover exposed tooth roots whenever periodontitis has caused gum recession.

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Dental Crown Lengthening

Dental crown lengthening may be performed when there isn’t enough tooth material above the gum line.

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Exposure of Impacted Teeth for Orthodontics

Exposure of impacted teeth may be necessary to help your regular orthodontist reposition your teeth.

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Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing are deep cleaning procedures that can lower the risk of or eliminate gum disease.

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Tooth Extractions

The removal of teeth may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Extractions are procedures that remove teeth.

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Sedation Dentistry

Dr. McKenzie offers Sedation Dentistry to increase comfort and decrease stress in apprehensive patients.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants replace lost teeth. Once the implant osseointegrates a crown can then be placed.

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