Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontics & Dental Implants
What is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist specializing in the treatment of the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Training involves completion of a post-doctoral residency and/or a master’s degree.
Are you a boutique practice or dental spa?
Our purpose is to give personalized care in a relaxing atmosphere. We offer modern facilities, complimentary refreshments, music, private rooms, naturopathy and numerous other amenities.
Do you offer painless dentistry?
Yes. In addition to giving anesthetic in a pain-free way, we employ many types of sedation to minimize anxiety.
Is sleep dentistry possible?
Yes. Team member Dr. Eric Han, a dental anesthesiologist, provides sleep dentistry (IV sedation).
My gums or teeth hurt. Can I be seen today?
Yes. Whether you are a new patient or an existing one, we will accommodate you as soon as possible.
Do you remove teeth?
Yes. We use special instruments and methods to remove teeth without trauma.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that replaces your natural root. It is an anchor for an artificial tooth (cap).
Do you provide implant replacement of missing teeth?
Yes. We place a very high volume of implants and specialize in replacing all teeth with them.
Do you clean teeth?
Yes. Our team includes very capable hygienists who not only clean teeth but also educate and motivate patients.
Do you perform fillings, caps or other restorations?
No. We specialize in treatment of the gums and jawbone. A general dentist or prosthodontist will be able to take care of your teeth.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and jawbone. Moving teeth, pus, bleeding, swelling and tender gums are among its symptoms. Periodontal disease causes deep gum pockets, bone loss and subsequent tooth loss. With treatment, it may be prevented or arrested.
Does periodontal disease cause medical problems?
Possibly. There is emerging evidence that periodontal disease contributes to the development of such serious illnesses as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, preterm low birth weight babies, pneumonia, bronchitis, arthritis, kidney disease and cancer.
I’m pregnant. Should I receive periodontal care?
Yes. Untreated periodontal disease may lead to a preterm low birth weight delivery. Pregnant women should have a periodontal consult, any necessary treatment and frequent cleanings.
What is deep cleaning?
Deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a non-surgical, painless treatment that removes bacterial deposits above and below the gumline. It is the first step in treating periodontal disease.
Are you open on weekends or after 5 p.m.?
Our hours do not regularly extend beyond 5 p.m., and we are open on Saturdays by appointment only. We do our best to accommodate our patients’ busy schedules.
What happens at an initial visit?
We will get to know you as a person as well as a patient. You will undergo a comprehensive evaluation, which includes the following:
- Medical and dental history
- General clinical exam, including oral cancer screening
- Thorough periodontal evaluation
- Any necessary radiographs (X-rays)
- Treatment options
How may I schedule an appointment?
Please call 203-254-2006 or e-mail Fairfield County Implants and Periodontics, LLC at Send Email to make an appointment. If you are a new patient, we ask you to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out forms. You may facilitate this process by completing the paperwork before your visit. If you have not received a welcome package in the mail, you may download all forms from this website.
If you have any additional questions about periodontal and implant dentistry in Fairfield, Connecticut, schedule an appointment today with our dentists, Dr. Michael Sonick, Dr. Rui Ma or Dr. Stephanie Koo. We look forward to hearing from you.