No. According to the latest American screening, 50% of adults in the United States suffer from periodontitis.
Answers to your questions
"Am I the only one suffering from periodontitis?"
"How do I know if I have periodontitis?"
Diagnosing periodontitis requires a clinical examination and x-rays in order to assess the tissues that support the teeth.
"What are the symptoms that can suggest the presence of periodontitis?"
Red, swollen gums, loose teeth, pain, bleeding of the gums, bad breath.
"My parents lost their teeth at a young age. Does that mean that I will also?"
The genetic factor is a predisposition to periodontal disease. It is not necessarily definite. With a healthy lifestyle, adequate treatments and good hygiene habits, the teeth of the majority of people can be preserved.
"Why can’t I get an accurate cost of treatment over the telephone?"
The cost of treatment is determined on a case by case basis. The diagnosis, the number of teeth involved and the cost of the materials are only three examples of the factors that can vary in the cost of treatment.
"Why do I need a consultation appointment prior to treatment?"
Before proceeding with the treatment, a consultation is required to establish a diagnosis and a treatment plan. The treatment options and their costs will be disclosed. This time will be used to plan your treatments and the materials required.
"What should I expect during the first appointment?"
Opening a file requires that you fill out a medical questionnaire. We will then meet with you to assess your needs and requests. A clinical examination and x-rays will be performed. In the case of a complete periodontal examination, the measurements could be slightly uncomfortable but local anaesthesia is not required. The treatment plan and cost will be explained. In certain more complex cases, a second consultation or additional examinations may be required.
"Are X-rays necessary?"
Yes, with some exceptions, X-rays are required to establish the anatomy of the roots of the teeth and the supporting bones. The examination is incomplete without X-rays and a precise diagnosis cannot be made. The level of radiation is very low since we use digital devices that are more sensitive that conventional film.
"Can I bring the X-rays taken by my dentist?"
Yes, in certain cases, recent X-rays taken by your dentist can be helpful, especially panoramic X-rays. However, the x-rays normally used by dentists for regular examinations do not have the same objective as those we need for a diagnosis.
"What do I do in case of an emergency following a surgical treatment?"
The post-operative instructions are given to you at the time of the initial consultation and/or during the surgical treatment. If the information required is not present, contact the clinic. If you need assistance outside regular business hours, you may contact the periodontist directly at the number provided.