About Periodontal Treatments
Periodontal disease is an infection in your mouth that effects your gums and the bones that hold your teeth in place. It usually begins with your gums looking a bit red and bleeding when you brush and can end with the loss of your teeth.
Even healthy mouths contain large levels of bacteria, but if removed by brushing or professional cleanings on a regular basis, these bacteria will only begin to affect our overall heath when it is given access to the bloodstream. Periodontal disease begins when the bacteria are not removed on a regular basis and gums begin to pull away from the teeth. Bacteria then collects in these pockets, causing infection. The infection causes bleeding, which provides an excellent conduit for the bacteria to enter the blood stream and destroys the bones surrounding your teeth.
We cannot stress enough, the importance of visiting Start Smiling Dental at regularly scheduled intervals for exams and cleanings. At each of these appointments our Start Smiling Dental Team will check for issues such as gum disease which can lead to serious repercussions if left untreated.
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Stages of periodontal disease
Periodontal/Gum disease is generally painless, and can go undetected without regular care.
If you are experiencing any of the following, it is imperative to be seen by a dentist immediately, so that treatment can be started and prevent further damage:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums bleeding upon touch or brushing/flossing
- Gums that appear to be shrinking, or pulling away from your teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pain or sores on your gums
- Persistent bad taste in your mouth
broken into three stages, gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. There are surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for addressing peridontal gum disease depending on it's severity at the time that it is discovered. Symptoms of the disease can include swollen gums, bleeding while brushing, and persistent bad breath.
The good news is that Periodontal Disease can be treated! The first step is to have a comprehensive exam, where we will look at the health of your gums, and the bone levels surrounding your teeth. Our goal will then be to make a personalized plan to get your gums healthy again so that you can keep your teeth for the rest of your life!
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.
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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.