what is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is a harmful oral condition, progressing over time as disease-causing bacteria cause the body to slowly destroy gum and bone tissues. These bacteria live and thrive in the plaque on your teeth, which often hardens into tartar and further irritates the gums. As periodontal disease advances beyond the beginning stage (gingivitis) into the stages called periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, bone and tooth loss are likely to occur and can lead to a host of oral complications. When gum disease affects your oral health, it's necessary to partner with experienced professionals for care. Our skilled team at Cranston Dental Group in Cranston, RI is pleased to offer effective treatment options to help manage the effects of gum disease and protect your smile.
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Do You Need Gum Disease Treatment?
Gum disease is characterized in stages (gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis) according to its severity. Common signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Gum inflammation
- Tender or red gums
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Gum recession
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bone loss
- Pus around teeth
- Tooth loss
No matter how advanced gum disease may be, seeking treatment now is important to prevent further damage and protect your oral and general health. If you are currently suffering from any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our caring team at Cranston Dental Group.
what should I expect from my periodontal treatment?
The primary goal of periodontal treatment is to stop the infection and prevent further damage to gum and bone tissues. To diagnose gum disease, our team will measure your gums with a very small ruler and take x-rays to confirm any bone deterioration. The results of this examination will help determine the type of procedure needed to address your needs. Gingivitis is typically addressed with prophylaxis (dental cleaning) and improvements in daily home-care habits. Treatments for periodontitis usually include a deep cleaning (plaque and tartar removal) known as scaling and root planing (SRP). Locally delivered antibiotics may also be placed within periodontal pockets to minimize bacterial growth. In areas of advanced periodontitis and bone loss, periodontal surgery may be the recommended treatment option.
what is recovery like for gum infection?
The key to successful healing from many periodontal therapies is maintaining meticulous oral hygiene at home. During your consultation, our team will explore how you can further benefit from treatment by altering, improving, or quitting certain habits such as smoking (which can amplify the effects of gum disease). Because periodontal treatments are personalized according to the severity of the disease, healing timeframes and directions will vary. It is extremely important to brush at least twice daily and floss every day. When gum disease occurs, more frequent cleanings at Cranston Dental Group are often needed (typically every 3 – 4 months) to preserve your periodontal health. Our team will help you establish a periodontal maintenance program to help you enjoy the benefits of lasting oral health.
Does Insurance Cover Gum Disease Care?
Coverage for the procedures performed to treat gum disease varies by individual provider and policy. Our team at Cranston Dental Group will advocate for you on an individual basis to maximize the portion of your treatment paid for by your insurance provider. If you do not carry insurance or have out-of-pocket costs, please speak with our financial coordinator to learn about applying for flexible payment options.
minimize harmful effects, get prompt dental care
Seeking timely treatment for gum disease can help minimize its effects on your health and preserve your smile. Our dedicated team at Cranston Dental Group is pleased to offer effective options to treat gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Contact our Cranston, RI dental practice to schedule your gum disease screening and learn about your treatment choices.
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