What Are Periodontal Treatments?
Gum (periodontal) disease is a progressive oral infection that can break down the gum and bone structures around your teeth. It can create tooth sensitivity and is the leading reason for adult tooth loss. Caused by harmful bacteria that live within plaque and tartar on the teeth, gum disease may continue to advance unless arrested with professional care. At Byers Station Dental, our general dentists and team regularly screen for periodontal disease. We also offer nonsurgical procedures to help patients reestablish gum health if periodontal disease is diagnosed. Certain signs and symptoms, like gums that bleed easily and bad breath, may indicate the presence of periodontal disease in your mouth. To learn more about treatment for bleeding gums or schedule a visit with our sensitive gums dentists in Chester Springs, PA, contact our team today.
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Are You a Candidate for Gum Disease Treatment?
You may be a candidate for gum disease treatment if your periodontal evaluation reveals gum pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that measure over three millimeters and/or bone loss, as evidenced on your dental x-rays. This information also helps our dentists determine whether gum disease is in the gingivitis, periodontitis, or advanced periodontitis stage. Common signs and symptoms of a periodontal condition include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gums, teeth that are sensitive to cold, pus around teeth, and tooth mobility. In some situations, the condition may have already led to tooth loss. Regardless of how advanced gum disease might be, now is the time to intervene and help prevent its progression.
How Does Periodontal Treatment Work?
Though there are varying periodontal and sensitive teeth treatments in Chester Springs, PA, the primary goal is to treat bleeding gums and prevent the infection from causing further damage. During your periodontal evaluation at Byers Station Dental, our dentists will talk with you about your results and let you know if treatment is recommended. Gingivitis is commonly treated with a very thorough dental cleaning in addition to improved brushing and flossing each day. For cases of periodontitis, nonsurgical treatment may be performed, along with localized placement of antibiotics. Our dentists may refer patients with advanced periodontitis to a periodontal specialist for surgical care or other forms of treatment.
What Can I Expect When Recovering From Periodontal Care?
As periodontal treatments are personalized according to the severity of the disease (and the needs of the patient), healing timeframes and aftercare directions may vary. The key to successful healing from most periodontal therapies is maintaining meticulous oral hygiene on a daily basis. Our Chester Springs, PA team will review tips on optimizing your brushing and flossing efforts. Once your gum disease treatment is complete, our dentists may recommend a periodontal maintenance program for you to help you manage your gum health. These maintenance visits, which are scheduled every 3 – 4 months, include periodontal assessments and thorough dental cleanings and are performed in place of biannual dental cleanings.
Does Insurance Cover Periodontal Care?
Coverage for periodontal treatments often varies according to individual plans and policies. If you carry insurance, our team will advocate for you on a personal basis to help maximize the portion of your care covered by your provider. At Byers Station Dental, we accept several payment methods and can help you select an ideal option for your needs.
Preserve Gum Health
Gum disease can affect your health and smile unless proper treatment is received. Our dentists offer personalized periodontal services if you need treatment for bleeding gums and to preserve the health of your smile. To schedule a gum disease screening or to learn more about your options for periodontal care, please call Byers Station Dental in Chester Springs, PA, and speak with our friendly team today.
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