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.
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.
Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) is a human recombinant protein that induces stem cells in our body to become bone-forming cells and grow new bone. BMP is soaked onto and binds with a collagen sponge, which resorbs, or disappears, over time and is placed in the surgical site where new bone is desired. As the sponge dissolves, the bone morphogenetic protein is released locally and recruits cells to the area and induces certain cells to become bone-forming cells. The BMP also goes away once it has completed its task of jump starting the normal bone healing process.