Although we do not accept insurance as full payment, we will do all we can to help patients derive maximum benefits from their insurance coverage. We provide an "attending doctors" statement for each treatment visit. This can be attached to your claim form, and is accepted by your insurance company. When requested, we will provide a "pre-treatment estimate" of anticipated expenses to be submitted to your insurance carrier for a "Pre-determination of Benefits.". This lets you know how much the insurance carrier will reimburse for services performed here.
The maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. These sinuses are empty, air-filled spaces. Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus and the mouth. Dental implants need bone to hold them in place. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants in this bone.
Gum disease has traditionally been treated by eliminating the gum pockets by trimming away the infected gum tissue and by re-contouring the uneven bone tissue. Although this is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures are used routinely today. One of these advancements is guided bone regeneration, also referred to as guided tissue regeneration. This procedure is used to stabilize endangered teeth or to prepare the jaw for dental implants. As periodontal disease progresses, pockets of degenerated bone develop around affected teeth.
Drs. Pollack, Odrich and Sarmiento provide a variety of surgical services for the treatment of periodontal issues. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are very conservative in our treatment recommendations and limit surgery to the areas where it is absolutely necessary. Many times, the early stages of periodontal disease are best treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy. Even in severe cases, non-surgical periodontal therapy often precedes to surgical therapy. This is done to improve the overall tissue quality prior to surgery and also to help limit the areas requiring surgery.