FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A PERIODONTIST?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases. A periodontist also plans, places and maintains dental implants. Periodontics is an entire branch of dentistry dedicated to studying the tissues surrounding the teeth, researching new techniques for treating periodontal diseases, treating gum defects through periodontal plastic surgery and replacing lost teeth with dental implants.
WHY SHOULD I SEE A PERIODONTIST?
More than likely, your periodontal disease has progressed to the point where a specialist, a periodontist, should treat you. Periodontists receive extensive training, including three additional years of education and training after becoming a general dentist, to learn the very latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal diseases and to gain a detailed scientific background on all aspects of the diseases.
Periodontists continue to take educational courses throughout their careers to stay abreast of the newest techniques in dentistry, dental implants and periodontal treatment. Because of the in-depth training mentioned above, a periodontist has treatment and diagnostic skills to handle your disease.
Aside from treating periodontal diseases, there are other reasons to visit a periodontist. If you are missing one or more teeth, and are considering dental implants, a periodontist can help you decide if they are appropriate for you. In addition, a periodontist can also help create a proper gum appearance to improve your smile through various cosmetic, plastic surgical techniques.
HOW LONG HAS THE I.P.I. BEEN ESTABLISHED?
Dr. Culley established his first clinic in Paris, TN. in 1998 and opened the Jackson office in 1999. The new Jackson facility was completed in 2003, and we have been seeing our patients in the state-of-the-art facility since 2004. The Paducah location was opened in 2009, and we moved to our current location in January of 2017. We are proud of our growth in both communities. The doctors and hygienists we work with have been very pleased with our patient care and service, and they have helped us grow over the years. We truly appreciate their continued support and confidence.
IS GUM DISEASE GENETIC?
There is a genetic component to gum disease making some people more susceptible to the bacteria. However, without the bacteria, gum disease cannot progress.
HOW MANY APPOINTMENTS WILL MY TREATMENT TAKE AND HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
These factors vary greatly from person to person depending on the treatments needed and the severity of their disease. Our doctor, after a thorough clinical and radiographic examination, will make treatment recommendations specifically for your treatment needs and one of our highly trained registered dental assistants will help you understand anything you are unclear about. You will also receive a financial consultation after your treatment plan is completed where one of our treatment coordinators will explain our payment options and help find the option that is best for you.
WHAT IF I CHOOSE TO DECLINE OR DELAY TREATMENT?
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone or gum loss, leading to more expense and possible loss of teeth.
HOW WILL MY REGULAR DENTIST KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MY CARE?
One thing we take the most pride in is our open line of communication with area offices. Every time you are seen at our practice, your referring doctor receives a report of our findings, what has been completed that day and what our future recommendations and plans are.
They play a vital role in your long term plan to get and stay healthy and to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.