PERIODONTAL TREATMENT

Healthy Gums — Happy Smiles.

Periodontal, or gum, disease is evidenced by bad breath that won’t go away, bleeding when you brush or floss, having  loose teeth and tender or swollen gums. Being accurately diagnosed and treated for periodontal disease is the first step in getting your oral health on track.

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In the US, 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.

 CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

What to Expect

  • Exam

    During your initial exam, a measurement of your gum tissue will be completed and the dentist will recommend the type of cleaning that is needed: either a full mouth debridement treatment to determine if you have gum disease, or a deep cleaning also called scaling and root planing.
  • Deep Cleaning

    We use anesthetic to numb your gum tissue to make your cleaning as pain free as possible. Your hygienists will clean all the bacteria under and around your gums during your cleaning. Afterwards the dentist may recommend a prescription mouthwash and a prescription antibiotic to speed up your gums healing process.
  • Re-Examination

    After 6 weeks we repeat the gum exam from your first visit to determine how your gums have responded to the deep cleaning. Based on the outcome, your dentist will either recommend additional treatment - which could include placement of special medication between your gums and teeth to further kill bacteria, referral to a gum disease specialist, or ongoing care visits.
  • Ongoing Care

    We will recommend that you see a hygienist every 3-4 months for periodontal maintenance procedures to ensure that we stabilize your periodontal disease and keep your gums healthy.

“My hygienist is warm, gentle and explains the process of a deep cleaning… she is always patient and takes time to relax me during my procedure.”

 — RONNIE THOMAS

Pricing

Full Mouth Debridement
$170

D4355

Periodontal Deep Cleaning (SRP)*
$260

D4341

Periodontal Maintenance Cleaning
$140

D4910

1. Periodontal Dental Membership Plan includes 4 periodontal maintenance cleanings per year.
*Price listed is per quadrant of teeth.

FAQs

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums and bone surrounding teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria getting deep under your gum tissue to the point that it is impossible to completely clean them out at home. Over time periodontal disease leads to destruction of the bone around your teeth which can cause teeth to become loose and fall out.
How do I know if I have periodontal disease?
Some symptoms of periodontal disease that you may notice at home are red, swollen, bleeding or tender gums, tooth sensitivity, gums that are receding away from your teeth, bad breath and loose or shifting teeth. At your first visit your hygienist and doctor will perform a gum exam where they measure the depth of gum tissue around your teeth and look for signs of infection or inflammation. The results of this exam will allow them to diagnose the state of your periodontal tissues and determine if you have periodontal disease.
Does periodontal disease only affect my teeth?
Research has shown that having periodontal disease that is untreated increases your risk for many other health consequences, including being:
• 93% more likely to be at high risk for diabetes • 62% increased risk for pancreatic cancer • 24-35% more likely to develop plaque blockages in your heart • 4.5 times more likely to have a stroke • 2.6 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease
Can periodontal disease be cured?
Periodontal disease is similar to other chronic diseases, like diabetes, in that it can never be cured. However, with regular visits to your dentist periodontal disease can be treated and stabilized allowing you to maintain health teeth and gums for throughout your lifetime.
Where can I learn more about periodontal disease?
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign®, we recommend:
• Center for Disease Control & Prevention — Periodontal Disease
• Perio.org — Types of Gum Disease
• Mayo Clinic — Periodontitis: Symptoms & Causes
• ADA Mouth Healthy — Gum Disease
• Colgate Information Center — Periodontal Disease: Causes and Prevention
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums and bone surrounding teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria getting deep under your gum tissue to the point that it is impossible to completely clean them out at home. Over time periodontal disease leads to destruction of the bone around your teeth which can cause teeth to become loose and fall out.
How do I know if I have periodontal disease?
Some symptoms of periodontal disease that you may notice at home are red, swollen, bleeding or tender gums, tooth sensitivity, gums that are receding away from your teeth, bad breath and loose or shifting teeth. At your first visit your hygienist and doctor will perform a gum exam where they measure the depth of gum tissue around your teeth and look for signs of infection or inflammation. The results of this exam will allow them to diagnose the state of your periodontal tissues and determine if you have periodontal disease.
Does periodontal disease only affect my teeth?
Research has shown that having periodontal disease that is untreated increases your risk for many other health consequences, including being:
• 93% more likely to be at high risk for diabetes • 62% increased risk for pancreatic cancer • 24-35% more likely to develop plaque blockages in your heart • 4.5 times more likely to have a stroke • 2.6 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease
Can periodontal disease be cured?
Periodontal disease is similar to other chronic diseases, like diabetes, in that it can never be cured. However, with regular visits to your dentist periodontal disease can be treated and stabilized allowing you to maintain health teeth and gums for throughout your lifetime.
Where can I learn more about periodontal disease?
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign®, we recommend:
• Center for Disease Control & Prevention — Periodontal Disease
• Perio.org — Types of Gum Disease
• Mayo Clinic — Periodontitis: Symptoms & Causes
• ADA Mouth Healthy — Gum Disease
• Colgate Information Center — Periodontal Disease: Causes and Prevention

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