Both endodontics and periodontics can be crucial to overall mouth health.
What Is Periodontics?
Periodontics focuses on the care and treatment of the gums and other structures in the mouth that support the teeth.
Periodontists may provide these services:
- Scaling and planning of the root (especially when there is an infection)
- Removal of damaged tissue
- Regenerative procedures to reverse bone loss and tissue loss
- Gum surgeries
Because it is estimated that about half of all Americans have periodontal disease, the American Academy of Periodontology recommends an annual periodontal evaluation.
What Is Endodontics?
Endodontics focuses on the care and treatment of the inside of the tooth, or the pulp and tissue that surround the roots of the tooth.
Endodontists can provide these services:
- Dental implants
- Repair of dental injuries
- Root canals
- Endodontic surgery
How Do I Know if I Need a Periodontic or Endodontic Treatment?
If you experience any pain in your gums or teeth, your first step is to go see your dentist. They will be able to determine the general issue you are facing and provide you with a referral to a periodontist or endodontist based on their assessment of your symptoms.
What Are the Costs of Periodontic and Endodontic Treatments?
Depending on the issue you are facing, the treatment you require, and the urgency of the problem, the cost of periodontic and endodontic care will vary widely. Here at Dison Family Dentistry, we can talk to your insurance company on your behalf to help you determine what services are covered and at what rate.
Some insurance companies will offer some coverage for treatment, as long as the intervention or surgery is medically required, but this too will vary widely from company to company. In some cases, a co-pay is required, while other companies require the full payment of a deductible before they cover any of the cost. Others will ask that you pay a percentage. It is worth it to talk to your insurance company beforehand.
If you think you might need endodontic or periodontal treatment, we can help. Contact Dison Family Dentistry today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.