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Frequently Asked Questions

When visiting a periodontal specialist for the first time, it’s understandable that patients may have questions and concerns. Thankfully, Dr. Ward and the rest of our team are always happy to put your mind at ease. For convenience’s sake, we’ve compiled some of the queries we receive most often and their answers below. If you’ve read through this page and don’t see the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact our periodontal office team directly in Towson or Millersville. We’d be happy to discuss the matter with you over the phone as well.

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dental specialist who has received dedicated training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment associated with periodontal disease. Periodontists also have the advanced experience and training to perform other procedures that involves the soft oral tissue, including cosmetic recontouring and the surgical placement of dental implants. In order to become a periodontist, doctors like Dr. Ward must complete multiple years of post-graduate training following the completion of dental school.

What is the best way to replace missing teeth?

While every patient’s needs are different and no one treatment can be the perfect choice for everyone, Dr. Ward does strongly believe that dental implants are the premier reconstructive solution available in today’s modern dental landscape. This service is wholeheartedly unique in that it replaces every part of the natural tooth, starting with the root that stimulates the jawbone. The benefits of this comprehensive approach include better oral health, increased longevity, and seamless aesthetics.

Why should I go to a periodontist for dental implants?

  • Periodontists have received multiple years of additional training in gum and implant treatment. They also perform this type of surgery on a regular basis and have a lot more familiarity with it than a general practitioner typically does.
  • Because of their extensive training, periodontists can also successfully handle even complex cases and better avoid complications.
  • With greater knowledge comes greater speed and efficiency for patients! Patients can look forward to higher average success rates and reduced risks of implant failure as well.

Do I have periodontal (gum) disease?

Common symptoms of periodontal disease include the following:

  • Oral bleeding that occurs after flossing and brushing
  • Noticeable swelling/redness in the gum tissue
  • Excessive bad breath that isn’t alleviated by proper oral hygiene/mouthwash
  • Teeth that appear gradually longer (a sign of gum recession)

However, it’s also important to remember that periodontal disease sometimes exhibits no noticeable symptoms – at least to an untrained eye. That’s why it’s important to attend regular screenings.

My smile looks overly “gummy.” Is there anything I can do?

Yes! Dr. Ward is happy to offer aesthetic gum recontouring with the help of a modern soft tissue laser. This cosmetic treatment can reshape the natural gum line, remove excessive gum tissue, and reveal more of your beautiful smile to the world, creating a truly balanced appearance that you’ll be proud to show off.

Are dental lasers safe?

Dental lasers have been around for decades now, and in the hands of a highly trained periodontist like Dr. Ward, rest assured that they’re extremely safe. Their low-powered wavelength is a perfect fit for treating the delicate oral tissues, and the controlled heat and light is able to kill dangerous bacteria while also promoting faster healing and greater comfort. Our team uses all of the proper gear (including protective eye wear) in order to help patients feel at ease throughout their appointment.

Do you take dental insurance?

While our practice is not an in-network provider for any insurance plans, we are happy to file claims on your behalf and help you receive the monetary reimbursements you deserve from your specific coverage. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please don’t hesitate to call us in Towson or Millersville. You can also visit our new patients page.

Are payment plans available?

Yes. Dr. Ward offers in-house financing for most major treatment plans. This affordable, stress-free approach to improving your oral health can help patients with various budgets pursue the stronger, happier smile they deserve. Be sure to talk with our team about your interest when you attend your first appointment or call in to schedule a consultation.

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