Patient Resources2018-06-22T17:31:13+00:00

Patient Resources

Periodontal concerns and treatment can feel intimidating. Good oral health is a key part of your overall health and well-being. We’re happy to provide information and resources to help you achieve your optimal dental health. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please call us at (989) 792-4431.

At any time during your treatment, if a condition or concern develops that seems unusual to you, please call the office.

We’re happy to accept a range of insurance and check your coverage before treatment begins. We also offer payment plans for all out-of-pocket costs. Click the link below to request an appointment.



Why is my dentist referring me to a periodontist?2018-07-18T17:39:35+00:00

General dentists are trained to diagnose and treat early periodontal disease. The fact that you have been referred means that your dentist feels you would benefit from the advanced treatment that a specialist provides. Feel fortunate that your dentist is able to make the diagnosis since periodontal disease usually causes no symptoms or discomfort, but if left untreated can result in tooth loss.

How is periodontal disease treated?2018-07-18T17:41:12+00:00

It is most commonly treated through a non-surgical periodontal procedure called scaling and root planing. This is often followed by periodontal surgery to completely clean the roots of the teeth.

At my first visit, what will the doctor do?2018-07-18T17:40:43+00:00

During your first visit, we will review your medical and dental history with you, and we will perform a thorough periodontal examination. If X-rays are needed, we will take them at the first visit. Once this is complete, we will explain our findings and make treatment recommendations. We will answer all your questions before you leave the office that day. Our goal is to help you understand your condition, and what you can expect from your treatment.

Is periodontal treatment painful?2018-07-18T17:42:05+00:00

Everyone at our office is committed to making your treatment as comfortable as possible. A special numbing agent is used for all procedures so that dull pressure is the only sensation you may notice. There are also means by which patient anxiety can be eased with oral sedation medication. This will be addressed at your first visit as well.

How much will my treatment cost and is it covered by my insurance?2018-07-18T17:44:39+00:00

The cost of your treatment will depend on the severity of your condition and the specific treatment needed. We evaluate each patient and create an individual custom treatment plan. There is no average cost.

If you have dental insurance, it should cover some, possibly most, of your treatment costs. Our staff will contact your dental insurance carrier to clarify your coverage. We review this information during your initial visit. We offer payment options for out-of-pocket costs.

What is the role of my general dentist?2018-07-16T20:09:37+00:00

Your general dentist is the most important member of your dental health care team. Your general dentist is in charge of your overall treatment and is made aware of our initial findings and treatment plan. The team at Dr. William E. Mason Periodontics & Dental Implants regularly communicates with your general dentist during your treatment to ensure we deliver the best possible results.

What will happen if I don’t have my periodontal disease treated?2018-08-17T17:21:59+00:00

Periodontal disease, untreated, slowly destroys the gum line and bone which supports your teeth. While this rarely hurts initially, it often results in swelling, infection and tooth loss. Ongoing periodontal infections have recently been linked to other systemic medical conditions, including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and premature and low birth weight babies.

What happens after my periodontal treatment is complete?2018-07-18T17:43:31+00:00

After your initial scaling and root planing, Dr. Mason or Dr. Lamble will re-evaluate your condition. Some patients do not require further active treatment, only continued periodontal maintenance. If scaling and root planing do not result in healthy gums, then surgical options are recommended to achieve optimal health.

Downloadable Information Sheets

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Informed Consent for Dental Implants


Printable Instructions for Dental Implants


Informed Consent for Sinus Lift Procedure


Instructions Following Periodontal or Dental Implant Surgery


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Informed Consent for Periodontal Surgery


Printable Instructions for Periodontal Surgery


Printable Instructions for Sinus Lift Surgery