And will insurance cover it?
This is an up and coming issue as our aged` population continues to grow. While periodontal treatment is not as costly as replacing teeth due to tooth loss, its cost can vary greatly depending upon your needs. Quite frankly, there is no way of really telling just how advanced your gum disease is without a proper diagnosis. It can be as simple as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) or periodontitis (disease of the bone supporting the teeth). Because periodontal infection grows under your gums, you can have no symptoms at all. More advanced cases range from red, swollen, tender gums to bad breath to loose or shifting teeth.
As it relates to insurance coverage, the best way to check scaling and root planing or periodontal maintenance is to have your dentist send a pretreatment in for the work that needs to be completed. Fees for traditional root planing can range from $280 to $385 per quadrant (there are usually 4 quadrants). Add to this the fees for an antibiotic placed under the gums during treatment. This antibiotic known as Arestin is charged out at $55-$110 per area. If a patient has multiple deep pockets in one quadrant the fees can add up quickly. Depending on the effectiveness of this approach it may be repeated every few months, annually, or every three years.
If you have dental insurance, they may provide full or partial coverage. Our office is happy to contact your insurance company to learn what they will cover. We do accept assignment of most insurance benefits. In such cases, your responsibility will be to cover only the remainder. We generally ask that you pay for X-rays, and regular cleanings while we have your statement submitted to your insurance company.
Everyone deserves to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. We feel that finances never should be an obstacle to treatment. For your convenience, we offer several payment options and payment plans to suit your individual needs. Our staff will be happy to answer any of your financial or insurance questions. Please give us a call for your complimentary consultation.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
Right Smile Center
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
 However, the cost may be less if less teeth are involved.
 ARESTIN is a prescription antibiotic approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is used together with scaling and root planing (SRP) and is placed by your provider for the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.