FAQ


What is a periodontist?

As a periodontist, Dr. Hodges focuses on treating the supporting structures of the mouth – teeth and gums. They also place dental implants, working closely with restorative dentists for optimal results. Dr. Hodges spent four years in dental school to earn his general dentistry degree, then continued his education three more years to earn a master’s degree in oral biology. He holds a specialty certificate in periodontics and is a board-certified periodontist recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

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Why do I need a specialist?

A periodontist has extensive training in caring for gums, bone, and placing implants. Your dentist may refer you to Dr. Hodges if you need a specialist’s care outside of the scope of general dentistry. Your dentist and Dr. Hodges want to provide you with the best care possible for your unique case.

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Why do I need a general dentist?

Your general dentist will provide regular and preventive dental care for your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. It is important to stay current with six-month checkups and cleanings so that you can enjoy a lifetime with a healthy smile. Should you need dental implants, your dentist will refer you to Dr. Hodges for placement of small titanium posts into your jawbone. Your dentist will design your prosthetic (replacement tooth or teeth) and work with a lab for fabrication. Then the dental prosthesis can be placed at your general dentist’s office.

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What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?

When compared to traditional radiography, digital X-rays emit 80-percent less radiation. Detailed images are immediately projected on a chairside monitor, providing visual aids for Dr. Hodges to explain your condition and treatment options. We can transfer digital X-rays and photographs quickly via the Internet to insurance companies and other members of the dental interdisciplinary team, as well. Digital X-rays require no hazardous developing chemicals, so they're earth friendly!

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What is CBCT X-ray imaging?

CBCT stands for Cone Beam Cat Scan. It’s a 3D digital image that Dr. Hodges takes before implant treatment. With CBCT images, Dr. Hodges can determine the optimal position for dental implants. It also allows Dr. Hodges to illustrate the entire implant process to patients, before treatment begins. For more information on CBCT visit www.imagdent.com.

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How can gum disease affect my health?

It hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue, bone, and teeth, and it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications. Don’t think it’s your problem? Conservative estimates report that up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form. Read more about gum disease here.

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Which insurance companies does Dr. Hodges work with?

A service Dr. Hodges’ office offers is filing your insurance claim on your behalf in attempt to maximize your insurance reimbursement. Payment is due at the time services are rendered. Most patients receive insurance reimbursement in 2 to 4 weeks. See our financial policies here.

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What payment methods do you accept, and what are my financing options?

You may pay for your dental work by cash, check, credit card, or with third party financing through CareCredit or Wells Fargo. Read our financial policies here.

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