About Periodontal Treatments
Periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue that can lead to serious repercussions, such as infection or tooth loss, if not diagnosed and properly treated. The three stages of gum disease are gingivitis (first stage), periodontitis (second stage), and advanced periodontitis (final stage). During annual dental exams, the dentist will check for gum disease, but common symptoms include red, swollen gums; bleeding while brushing and flossing; receded or separated gums; and persistent bad breath. Depending on the severity of gum disease when it is diagnosed, there are nonsurgical and surgical treatment options: scaling and root planing, antibiotics, gum surgery, gum tissue grafting, and tooth extraction.
What to Expect
Periodontal disease can range from mild to severe and the dentist will chose an appropriate treatment based on your condition. One of the most common and easiest gum treatment used is scaling and root planning (SRP), a nonsurgical deep cleaning of the gum pockets. The dentist may include antibiotic treatment to reduce inflammation with scaling and root planing if your case is more advanced. For the third stage of periodontal disease, the dentist will usually chose a surgical procedures: laser gum surgery, regenerative procedures, and pocket reduction procedures.
After the gums are restored to health after your periodontal treatment, it is important to maintain a good oral care routine to prevent recurrences of periodontal disease. You should talk to your dentist about a home routine, including proper brushing, flossing, and anything else the dentist recommends. You should also come into the office at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and at least once a year for a dental exam.
Most dental insurance companies will cover periodontal treatments for gum disease, but the amount of coverage will vary based on your policy. During your consultation, we can discuss out-of-pocket costs, payment methods, and available financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Periodontal disease can lead to serious health problems, so if you have symptoms (i.e. bleeding, red, or inflamed gums) please contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We will use our experience and knowledge to diagnose and treat your oral health condition.