Dr. Hema Menon, Periodontist, Periodontics and Implants, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Patient Education and Useful Resources:

You have been referred probably for evaluation and treatment of one of the following:

  • Active Periodontal Disease in one or multiple sites
  • Periodontal Maintenance Therapy
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Gingival grafts/ Soft tissue grafts
  • Guided tissue regeneration
  • Ridge augmentation / Guided Bone regeneration
  • Dental Implants

The following web site links contain helpful information and pictures. Just click on the links below to go to the web site page that is described.

Links from Velscope

Oral Cancer
This link contains information about Oral Cancer and benefits of early detection. According to the SEER database, found early, oral cancer's five-year survival rate is 80% to 85%. Found late, oral cancer's five-year survival rate is only about 50%.

Links from The American Academy of Periodontology :

Periodontal Disease
This link contains an article that covers the types and causes of periodontal disease. It includes illustrations and possible treatments.

Periodontal Procedures
This link describes periodontal procedures such as dental implants, scaling & root planing, crown lengthening, regeneration, tissue grafts, and dental laser surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions
This link contains "Frequently Asked Questions" covering general periodontal questions, periodontal procedures, and how periodontal disease affects general health.

Possible Medical Complications
This link covers how periodontal disease can adversely affect your general health.

Smoking & Periodontal Disease
Smoking may be one of the most important risk factors in the development of periodontal disease. This link gives information regarding this.

Women & Periodontal Disease
This link contains information to help women avoid periodontal (gum) disease and protect their oral health.

Diabetes & Periodontal Disease
This link contains information on how diabetes increases periodontal disease and how periodontal disease can also increase diabetes.

Transmitting Periodontal Disease to Family Members
This link describes how periodontal disease can be passed from parents to children.

Dental Implants

Encias sanas y cuerpo sano (Article in Spanish)


Cancellation:

In order to provide the quality of care that we will not compromise, it is important that patients honor their appointments and arrive on time. For any appointment changes we require 48 business hours notice.


Emergency:

If you are experiencing a problem, please call the office at 651-646-1318. Our goal is to help as quickly as possible in a true emergency. If you have an urgent problem after hours or on the weekend, please call Dr. Menon at 952-412-6289 for immediate attention.


Frequently Asked Questions

• Why choose a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. It is especially important to see a periodontist if you experience any symptoms of periodontal disease (red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, bad odor or taste). An evaluation by a specialist may be the only way to detect periodontal disease.

• Will I have to pay for my exam and/or x-rays?

Yes. However, we will apply your payment to any necessary future treatment. If your dentist has taken x-rays, we would like to have a copy of them. We will only take x-rays if necessary.

• Will my insurance pay for my treatment?

After your initial visit we will give you a comprehensive treatment plan with approximate cost of each visit. Then we will submit a pre-authorization to your dental insurance to get an estimated cost of benefits.

• Do I still need to see my general dentist?

Yes. Because we are a specialty office focusing primarily on the health of your bone level and gums, your general dentist should still see you for regular check ups to evaluate the health of all your teeth.

• What will happen if I leave my periodontal disease untreated?

Untreated periodontal disease may cause the bone foundation to become so fragile that it can no longer support the teeth, resulting in loosening of the teeth or permanent tooth loss. Potential complications of untreated periodontal disease include: heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and pulmonary disease.

• Can I get my teeth cleaned at my periodontist's office?

Yes, we have many experienced hygienist on staff. In most cases, we like to alternate your cleanings with your general dentist. If you prefer to have your cleanings done with our hygienist, we recommend you continue to see your general dentist one time per year for an exam and x-rays.

 

 

 

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