what is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is a progressive oral health condition and is the leading source of tooth loss among adults. There are several stages of gum disease affecting Cranston and Warwick, RI patients that range from mild to advanced. The first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, results from bacterial plaque that accumulates around the gumline. Without treatment, gingivitis may develop into the second stage, periodontitis, which begins to affect the bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place. Advanced periodontitis is the final stage of periodontal disease and is characterized by further bone loss, tooth mobility, and often tooth loss. To treat gum disease, Cranston Dental Group offers nonsurgical scaling and root planing, tooth extractions, and other options at our comprehensive dental practice. If you have symptoms of periodontal disease, contact our team to schedule a periodontal disease screening.
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what are the early signs of Gum Disease?
The early stage of gingivitis may be difficult to detect on your own, which is why it is important to attend routine dental exams at Cranston Dental Group. This provides us the opportunity to screen for and treat gum disease before it affects your smile and overall wellbeing. Common signs and symptoms of gum disease include red or swollen gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, gum recession, and persistent bad breath (halitosis). As gum disease progresses, you might also experience discomfort while chewing, tooth sensitivity, and loose or shifting teeth. Treating gum disease as early as possible is important to your oral and general health, as the condition has also been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and several other systemic illnesses.
What should I Expect from periodontal treatment?
Gum disease is diagnosed based on the depths of periodontal pockets (spaces between the gums and teeth) and the level of bone present on the x-rays. Periodontal treatment will be based on the severity of the infection. Gingivitis is often resolved with a good dental cleaning (prophylaxis) and improved oral hygiene efforts at home. Nonsurgical scaling and root planing (SRP) is typically performed in cases of periodontitis to deep clean plaque and tartar from periodontal pockets between the teeth and gums. In more advanced cases, surgery may be recommended to access deeper areas of periodontal infection or remove teeth that no longer have the bone support they need. Our team will review your condition and recommend the treatment that best meets your needs.
What is recovery from gum disease like?
The recovery period following gum disease treatment will vary according to the procedure performed. Your treatment may be completed over several appointments at Cranston Dental Group. After your gum disease has been treated, our team may recommend a periodontal maintenance program to help manage your gum health and oral hygiene. These visits include very thorough periodontal cleanings and allow our team to closely monitor your periodontal pockets. Since the bacteria that cause gum disease grow quickly after about 90 days, we typically recommend that you attend periodontal maintenance visits every 3 – 4 months to help preserve the health of your gums, jawbone, and smile.
Does insurance Cover Periodontal Care?
Insurance coverage for periodontal disease treatment may differ depending on the procedures required to meet your needs. To help you maximize your benefits, our office will contact your insurance provider before estimating any personal expenses. Cranston Dental Group is pleased to offer several easy payment solutions and can help you to apply for special financing to make your care more affordable and convenient.
Protect Your Health With Professional Care
Without professional treatment, periodontal disease can worsen over time and lead to tooth loss, health problems, and other difficulties. At Cranston Dental Group, we work with you at the first sign of gingivitis or periodontitis to renew your gums and help protect your health. Contact our office in Cranston, RI today to learn more about gum disease or to schedule a periodontal evaluation.
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