Why do I need to see a Periodontist?
You will usually have been referred to this clinic by another dental professional for gum disease treatment or surgery, dental implant placement (replacement of a lost tooth), surgery to improve the contour of your gums (i.e. if you have a gummy smile), surgery to lengthen a tooth before crown placement or gum grafting to cover exposed roots. If you are having an assessment for gum treatment, your gums will need to be examined to assess the severity of your gum disease. A treatment plan will be developed, outlining the treatment options that may be suitable for you including their advantages and disadvantages.
For many cases, a Periodontist and Prosthodontist need to work together with a team approach to provide the best possible care.
Why do I need to see a Prosthodontist?
If you have multiple missing teeth, heavily filled teeth or your bite has closed down over time, the treatment to correct this can become complex. You may be having difficulty eating or chewing or have teeth that are broken or excessively worn. Alternatively, you may be unhappy with the appearance of your teeth. A Prosthodontist can help to improve your smile, speech and chewing function if these have degraded over time. A Prosthodontist can also help to improve the retention and comfort of loose dentures. There are a number of options that can be used to improve your denture wearing experience and a Prosthodontist is trained to develop an appropriate treatment plan based on your condition and personal circumstances. A treatment plan will give you an idea of costs, what is involved in the procedure and the risks associated with each option. You can then make an informed choice about the treatment that is proposed. At your first visit we may need to take x-rays, photographs, and impressions (moulds) of your teeth and gums.
An examination will cost between $150 and $295. For more complex treatment plans we will need to see you for a follow up consultation (included in the original consultation fee) before commencing treatment. Treatment costs and number of appointments will be discussed. Your requests will be carefully considered and integrated into your treatment plan which will then be sent to you prior to starting treatment.