Frequently Asked Questions

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in dental implants, oral plastic surgery and the management of gum disease. Periodontists spend three years in training dedicated to the specialty following four years of dental school.

There are varying reasons why a person may see a periodontist. Our practice focuses on the treatment of gum disease, gum grafting and dental implants amongst other procedures. Most patients are referred to see a periodontist by their general dentist.

Our office is open 7AM-5PM Monday through Thursday. Monday and Wednesday Dr. Bennett is in our Bowie office. Tuesday and Thursday Dr. Bennett is in our Silver Spring location.

Each initial exam is tailored to the needs of the individual patient. If you have questions concerning the need for X-rays, please ask our team when scheduling your appointment.

Because all patients are different, a complete examination must be done to create your individual treatment plan. The fee for your treatment can vary considerably and is dependent on the problems, complexity and length of treatment. An approximate fee can generally be determined at the initial visit, but on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed prior to establishing the final treatment plan.

Your individual treatment needs will be determined at your initial examination. For some, surgery may not be necessary. Overall, our practice philosophy is to complete treatment only when necessary and as conservatively as possible.

We are a specialty practice which means that we manage specific portions of your dental care. As such, we will happily work and coordinate treatment with your general dentist and/or other specialists involved in your care.

In general, a periodontal examination can be completed with little to no discomfort. Further treatment, if necessary, will be completed as gentle as possible.

While using dental implants to replace missing or failing teeth can be more expensive, implants on average last longer than traditional bridge work and have a higher success rate.

We anticipate your first visit will be 60 minutes or less. In this time we will review your dental and medical history, complete a full examination of your teeth and gums then propose a treatment plan to suit your needs.

  • Referral slip if you have one
  • Any X-rays given to you by your dentist
  • List of medications you are currently taking
  • Your dental insurance card if you are insured

The most efficient way to get an appointment is to call our office during regular business hours. We will schedule your appointment as quickly as possible. Please notify us if you have an emergency situation at the time of scheduling.

If you have insurance, we will help you to find the coverage you have available. Sit back and relax, we will handle the insurance filing and questions on your behalf!