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.