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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Relating to Dental Implants

Questions Relating to Periodontal Disease


General Questions

Questions Relating to Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Implants are natural looking replacements for missing teeth. The implant itself is a post that attaches to your jawbone. This post provides an anchor for your general dentist to place crowns, bridges or other restorations.

We are experts in the placement of dental implant posts. Dental implants begin with an evaluation by your general dentist who will decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

For more detailed information, please see the section entitled "Dental Implants".

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Do implants work as well as natural teeth?

Dental implants function much better than removable teeth, (e.g. partials or dentures). Patients often comment that dental implants are so natural in appearance and function that it is like having their natural teeth back. Today's advancements make implants function within 90% of the efficiency of natural teeth in terms of both bite and feel.

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How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of implants varies from patient to patient, depending on the complexity of each case. As a general rule, however, the investment is comparable to that of fixed bridgework.

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How soon is it possible to eat after receiving dental implants?

As soon as the final restoration has been placed, you can resume normal eating again. A strict soft diet is necessary between placing the implant and placing the final restoration since stress prior to the final cementing of the restorative tooth could cause the implant to be weakened and fail.

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Questions Relating to Periodontal Disease

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease (also known as periodontal infection, gum disease or pyorrhea) is an ongoing infection in the gums around your teeth. The cause of periodontal disease is infectious bacteria that gets deep into your gums and causes tissue inflammation.

This infection starts destroying the bone that supports your teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. For more information, please see the section entitled "Periodontal Disease".

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What are the symptoms of periodontal infection?

Because periodontal infection grows under your gums, you can have no symptoms at all. Patients with more advanced periodontal disease may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Tooth sensitivity to heat/cold
  • Bad breath
  • Deep pockets around the teeth
  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Gums receding around the teeth (longer looking teeth)

For more information see the section entitled "Periodontal Disease".

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Why, all of a sudden, is my dentist sending me to a periodontist?

Periodontists have advanced training in the treatment of periodontal disease and the placement of dental implants.

Patients with periodontal infection have a lowered resistance to periodontal bacteria. This causes a continuing gum infection that can grow in bursts of activity. Some factors that can cause a dramatic increase in the severity of your periodontal disease are:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Dental plaque
  • Smoking
  • Genetic factors
  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Age
  • Illness

Two other important factors are:

  • Lack of regular dental checkups
  • Lack of regular dental cleanings

When your infection has a "burst" of growth, or when there are signs that this may occur, your dentist may recommend periodontal treatment.

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How is periodontal disease treated?

Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums and jawbone. The goal of treatment is to remove this infection and prevent it from coming back. The specific treatment required to do this will vary with each patients' individual needs. After your initial examination, we will completely explain your different options for treatment.

For more information see Periodontal Disease Treatment.

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Does periodontal treatment hurt?

One of our primary concerns is that you have a comfortable experience during treatment. Towards this end, we offer an extensive array of the latest techniques to minimize discomfort. Many of our patients are amazed at how little discomfort they experience.

For more information on the patient comfort techniques we use, see our Procedures page.

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Why must I start treatment right away?

Periodontal infection grows in "bursts of activity."

It is likely that you have been referred to us because your general dentist has noticed an increase in infection activity. This infection eats away at the bone that supports your teeth (leading to tooth loss). If not treated, there can be a number of consequences. Please see the Dental & Medical Consequences section for a list of these.

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General Questions

What is going to happen on my first visit?

On your first visit to our office, you will receive a periodontal examination. You should experience little, if any, discomfort during this examination. If necessary, x-rays will be taken to further evaluate any loss of bone around your teeth.

Afterwards, our findings and your options for treatment will be thoroughly explained. At that time, the doctor will answer any questions you may have.

Our goal is that you leave with a complete understanding of your condition and the treatment needed to restore you to optimum oral health.

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How much will treatment cost and will my insurance cover it?

Everyone deserves to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. While periodontal treatment is not as costly as replacing natural teeth due to tooth loss, its cost can vary greatly depending upon your needs.

If you have dental insurance, this may provide full or partial coverage. Our office will contact your insurance company to learn what they will cover. We participate with many major PPO providers and offer same as cash financing, such as Care Credit, Unicorn and City bank.

We feel that finances should never be an obstacle to treatment. For your convenience, we offer several payment options. We also have payment plans to suit your individual needs. Our office manager will be happy to answer any of your financial or insurance questions.

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What are the medical consequences if I delay treatment?

When periodontal infection gets into the bone around your teeth, it can then enter your blood stream. From there it travels to other parts of the body and can contribute to medical problems.

Recent research has found that patients with periodontal disease are more than twice as likely to suffer heart disease and stroke.  Please read the section entitled "Dental & Medical Consequences" to see an overview of recent research correlating periodontal disease with serious medical problems.

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Do you use the latest equipment and techniques?

We keep ourselves up to date regarding equipment and periodontal procedures. You can be certain you will receive state-of-the-art care in our office.

Regarding sterilization, we believe that all procedures should be safe as well as comfortable. We use only the latest sterilization techniques. For more information on treatment techniques and sterilization see the section entitled "Procedures".

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What other treatments do you provide?

Besides periodontal treatment and dental implants, we can perform a number of procedures, including:

Prescriptive Periodontal Procedures:

  • Crown lengthening
  • Antibiotic treatment
  • Ridge augmentation
  • Connective tissue grafting

Cosmetic Procedures:

  • Gingival (gum) contouring
  • Aesthetic crown lengthening
  • Soft tissue grafting

For more information on these procedures, please see the section entitled "Procedures".

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How is my general dentist important in my overall care?

Your general dentist knows your entire dental history, the condition of your teeth, and your future dental needs. He is in charge of your overall dental care. We work closely with him or her to ensure you receive the best possible dental care.

In many cases, your general dentist may do your preliminary periodontal treatment and a portion of your periodontal maintenance.

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Hannah Flint
Hannah Flint

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago
I had a great experience with a series of recent surgical procedures done by Dr. Gromov. I knew that I needed a gum graft - a surgery I had been postponing for some time and the more I researched it the more I dreaded it. Luckily, the experience at Dr. Gromov's office was as pleasant as it can get. Before the surgery he took time to answer all of my questions and walk me through the process, he...
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Marge Gagliano
Marge Gagliano

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago
I was so satisfied with Dr. Vladmir Reznikow, and his assistant who both were very information and answered all my questions since this was my 1st Implant.
michelle kobran
michelle kobran

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago
This is an exceptional office. I will recommend it to everyone. Dr. Gromov is highly professional, knowledgeable and very positive person. He is good with patients, helpful and is fast but excellent.
Larisa Kunovsky
Larisa Kunovsky

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago
I know Dr. Reznikov more than 10 years. He and his great team are always doing all the best ! They really care. I recommended Dr. Reznikov to some of my friends and they were absolutely satisfied.
Katherine Kostecki
Katherine Kostecki

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago
I have only great things to say about my treatment with Dr. Reznikov. He is extremely knowledgeable and confident in what he does. The office is comfortable and equipment is technologically advanced compared to that of other offices I looked into before deciding on Glen Periodontics. I received a laser treatment and am happy I went that route - not many offices in the area even offer the...
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Joy Rush
Joy Rush

5 out of 5 stars

11 months ago
I had a dental implant done elsewhere about 20 years ago and it failed. I had a marilyn bridge in the open space for the last 2 decades and it was beginning to fall apart. I got engaged in October and had the wedding date set for May. I needed to do something because it looked awful when I smiled and I wanted to have nice pictures for my wedding. I was worried about doing another implant and...
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nancy ward
nancy ward

5 out of 5 stars

2 years ago
I was referred to Dr. Reznikov for a receding gum in which I had to have a tissue graft procedure. They showed video of the procedure and kept you well informed of what would take place. The staff was very professional and helpful. Its now been 2 weeks since the procedure and I have had no pain, or side effects. I have scheduled my next procedure and will be having an implant done at the end...
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I Z
I Z

5 out of 5 stars

a month ago
I was accommodated within 8 hours at Glen Periodontics by dr. Gromov. That was my first visit with the new doctor and I did not expect much. When I left less than an hour later after a complicated extraction I couldn't remember if I had actually just had my wisdom tooth extracted, or caught up with an old friend. Dr. Gromov is caring, kind, professional, warm, and gentle with great sense of...
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Jim Tsevis
Jim Tsevis

5 out of 5 stars

a year ago
Dr. Reznikov and his staff were excellent. I had a number of proceedures that I needed done and they were explained to me step by step in the simplest of terms. I felt the whole staff was extremely knowledgable, professional and sincerely concerned about how I was feeling during the proceedures as well as the following day. Dr. Reznikov came highly recommended to me from a friend when I was...
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MJ S
MJ S

5 out of 5 stars

2 years ago
I was very please w the services Dr. Reznikov and his staff provided. He and his staff really work as a team. They are friendly and work in a efficient manner. I would highly recommend Dr. Reznikov for periodontics and implant dentistry.
Patti Sun
Patti Sun

5 out of 5 stars

5 months ago
Thanks Dr. Riznikov and your team for your remarkable treatments done on me. I am very happy with your services. The implant surgery was impeccable. I was very amazed by the whole process from the consultation to the following surgery. I lost teeth #18 & #19 (1st and 2nd molars on lower left) in July. Sadly I couldn’t function as biting and chewing on left side. The space of missing...
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Mimi Boisette
Mimi Boisette

5 out of 5 stars

2 years ago
Dr. Reznikov and his staff have been the best from my experience visiting a dentist office, they are very very professional. The first time I visited Dr. Reznikov's office with a lingering gum problem,I never knew that there such a thing as deep cleaning he took the time to explain what the problem was and the cause of if . I can honestly say that I entered Dr. Reznikov feeling gozila and came...
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Chris Koziol
Chris Koziol

5 out of 5 stars

2 years ago
The experience in a nutshell is PAINLESS!!!! The whole idea of an implant to me was a little intimidating.Let me tell you ,it's not! The whole procedure,which took several months was Painless and pleasant. Dr. Reznikov and the whole staff are professional and friendly. I do Highly recommend the office. Keep Smiling!!! Chris
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