What insurance plans do you accept?
We are out of network but still file with all major "PPO" or "Traditional" insurance plans such as:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield                        
  • Cigna
  • Aetna   
  • Guardian
  • United Healthcare
  • GEHA
  • Metlife
  • Humana
  • And Many more...                          

In addition to these plans, we are also "In Network"
or "Preferred Provider" for

  • Delta Dental
  • Tricare Military
  • The United Concordia family of plans (including SunLife, some Assurant plans and
    some BCBS plans)

Insurance companies and their individual plans change frequently.  Please feel free to give us
a call should you have any questions.  We will be glad to assist you in verifying your coverage.

What is involved in receiving an implant?
An initial consult with an oral surgeon of your choice is the first step.  We will be glad to refer
you to a qualified doctor in your area if necessary.  The initial phase of treatment begins with
the oral surgeon.  Your implant will be surgically placed  and our practice will fit and place the
crown restoration for you.  An implant generally takes several months to finish but  is in most
instances the healthiest, most reliable and longest lasting restoration option.  

What is gum disease and how do I prevent it?
Gum disease can be broken down into several different levels of severity.  

The initial phase is Gingivitis.  Signs of gingivitis include:
  • gums which bleed easily during brushing
  • gums which are inflamed and sensitive

The next phase is Early Periodontitis:
  • gums begin to pull away from the teeth
  • bleeding and inflammation become more pronounced
  • Bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth are usually present  
  • upon examination, the probe depths may be greater than 4mm

Moderate Periodontitis follows:  
  • During this stage, teeth may begin to look longer because the gums are pulling away
    from the tooth structure.  
  • Bone loss is visible on x-rays and teeth may begin to drift, showing spaces.  
  • Probe depths during examination can range up to 6mm in depth

If left untreated,  Advanced Periodontitis occurs:  
  • Teeth may become mobile or loose now.  
  • Bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth are constant
  • Teeth may become very sensitive due to exposed roots caused by gum recession.
  • Severe bone loss occurs at this stage and probe depths can now read between 6mm
    and 10mm.

The best prevention for gum disease is to brush and floss twice daily.  Flossing is the only way
to reach between the teeth where gingivitis starts.  Mouth rinses also help but flossing is your
best defense for removing plague at the gum line.    

What do I do in the case of an emergency and what constitutes an after hours
emergency?
If you or a family member experiences swelling and severe pain, do not hesitate to contact our
office.  Such symptoms usually indicate an infection and should be treated as soon as
possible.  Should this occur after hours, please call 770-356-2013 to reach an after hours
office representative.  Chipped teeth and re-cementation of crowns can be treated during
regularly scheduled office hours.  

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