About Periodontal Treatments
Periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue, which can lead to serious repercussions, such as infection or tooth loss if it is not diagnosed and properly treated. The three stages of gum disease are gingivitis (first stage), periodontitis (second stage), and advanced periodontitis (final stage). During each patient's annual dental exams at DentalWorks - Louisville in Louisville, KY, our dentists will check for gum disease, but common symptoms include red, swollen gums; bleeding while flossing or brushing; separated or receded gums; and persistent bad breath. Depending on the severity of gum disease when it is diagnosed, our dentists at DentalWorks - Louisville offers nonsurgical and surgical treatment options: scaling and root planing, antibiotics, gum tissue grafting, gum surgery, and tooth extraction.
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What to Expect
Periodontal disease can range from mild to severe and our dentists will chose an appropriate procedure based on the patient's condition. One of the most common and easiest gum treatments used is scaling and root planing (SRP), which is a nonsurgical deep cleaning of the tartar and plaque in the gum pockets. Our dentists may include an antibiotic treatment with the scaling and root planing procedure to reduce inflammation if the case is more advanced. For the third stage of periodontal disease, our dentists will usually chose a surgical procedure: regenerative procedures, laser gum surgery, or pocket reduction.
Due to the chronic nature of gum disease, patients typically require maintenance care which includes at home therapy and more frequent visits to the dentist. The most cutting edge at home therapy is a tray delivery system known as PerioProtect. This tray is custom fitted to you and made to deliver medication. This helps keep the infection at bay in the comfort of your own home. Click here for more information on PerioProtect.
After the gums are restored to health from the patient's periodontal treatment, it is crucial that the patient establish a good oral care routine at home to prevent recurrences of periodontal disease. Patients should talk to our dentists about a home routine, including proper brushing, flossing, and anything else our dentists recommend. Patients should also come in to DentalWorks - Louisville at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and at least once a year for a dental exam with our dentists.
Most dental insurance companies will cover periodontal treatments for gum disease, but the amount of coverage will vary based on the patient's policy. During the patient's consultation, our dentists can discuss out-of-pocket costs, payment methods, and available financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Gum disease can lead to serious health problems, so if you have symptoms (i.e. red, inflamed, or bleeding gums) please contact DentalWorks - Louisville in Louisville, KY today to schedule a consultation with our dentists. DentalWorks - Louisville will use our knowledge and experience to diagnose and treat your oral health problem.