124 Alpine Cir.
Columbia, SC 29223
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(803) 788-0900

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Columbia & Lexington Periodontal Resource

The office of Gregg W. McKenzie, DDS is conveniently located in Columbia, SC and proudly serves patients in the surrounding communities of Lexington, Blythewood, and Surrounding areas. Dr. McKenzie and his staff want you to be fully informed about your periodontal needs and treatment options, including dental implants, surgical treatments and more. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, so read more below and contact our office with any other questions.

  1. How much will treatment cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
  2. It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy to help you maximize your benefits. We will also file your claims for you. Usually insurance plans cover at least a portion of periodontal treatments.

  3. Will treatment hurt?
  4. Our top priorities are to provide you with gentle, caring treatment in a supportive, nurturing environment. Your initial exam should not cause you any pain or discomfort.

  5. Will I need to have X-rays taken?
  6. We will need X-rays to accurately diagnose your case and develop a treatment plan. If your general dentist has taken X-rays within the last 6 months, please have them forward the X-rays to our office.

  7. Will I have to have surgery?
  8. No, not necessarily. Early treatment will help reduce the need for surgical periodontal treatments. We want to treat you in the most conservative way possible.

  9. Will I be able to keep my natural teeth?
  10. Using the latest technological advancements, we are typically able to save most patients’ natural teeth.

  11. How often should I see my general dentist?
  12. Our office, along with the American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines, recommends visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. We will work together with your general dentist, and if you need a crown of filling, he or she will place it.

  13. What will happen if I decline or delay periodontal treatment?
  14. If you decline or delay treatment, your periodontal disease will only get worse over time. You run the risk of having severely damaged gums, teeth and jawbone. The longer you put off treatment, the more intensive and expensive it will be.

Visit Your Columbia Periodontist

Dr. McKenzie provides excellent periodontal care in a welcoming and calm environment. If you have additional questions, please contact our office and one of our team members will be happy to assist you and help you schedule an appointment.