About Periodontal Treatments
Gum (periodontal) disease is a progressive oral infection that can break down the gum and bone structures around your teeth 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 scaling and root planing therapy and other 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 gum disease treatments, or to schedule a periodontal screening, contact our Chester Springs, PA practice.
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, sensitive teeth, 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.
What To Expect During Treatment
Though there are varying periodontal treatments that may be recommended to address gum disease, the primary goal is to 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 scaling and root planing 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.
Recovery After 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.
Insurance Coverage for Your 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 on option ideal for your needs.
Preserve Gum Health WIth Periodontal Treatments
Gum disease can affect your health and smile unless proper treatment is received. Our dentists offer personalized periodontal services to help stop the disease process and preserve the health of your smile. To schedule a gum disease screening, or to learn more about your options for care, please call Byers Station Dental in Chester Springs, PA and speak with our friendly team today.