About Periodontal Treatments
Gum (periodontal) disease is a swelling of the gum tissue that can bring about serious consequences, like tooth loss of infection if it isn't identified and correctly treated. The three levels of periodontal disease are gingivitis (stage one), periodontitis (stage two), and advanced periodontitis (stage three). During every patient's annual dental exams at DentalWorks - Fort Mill in Tega Cay, SC, our dentists will look for periodontal disease, but typical signs include swollen, red gums; bleeding while brushing or flossing the teeth; receded or separated gums; and chronic halitosis. Based on the stage of periodontal disease when it is identified, our dentists at DentalWorks - Fort Mill provides surgical and nonsurgical treatment methods: antibiotics, scaling and root planing, gum surgery, gum tissue grafting, and tooth extraction.
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What to Expect
Gum disease can vary from mild to severe and our dentists will select the best treatment considering the patient's stage. One of the easiest and most common periodontal treatments performed is scaling and root planing (SRP), a noninvasive deep cleaning of the plaque and tartar under the gum pockets. Our dentists may add a round of antibiotics with the SRP service to minimize inflammation if the gum disease is farther along. For the final level of gum disease, our dentists will generally perform an invasive treatment: laser gum surgery, regenerative procedures, and 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.
Once the gums are healthy again from the patient's gum disease procedure, it's important that the patient maintain a good dental care regime at home to avoid a return of gum disease. Patients should ask our dentists about an at home regime, including correct flossing, brushing, and any other products our dentists suggest. Patients also need to visit DentalWorks - Fort Mill at least two times each year for a dental cleaning and at least one time a year for a dental examination with our dentists.
Typically, dental insurance policies will pay for periodontal procedures for gum disease, however the amount of coverage can change based on the individual policy. At the initial consultation, our dentists can talk about personal expenses, payment options, and current financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Periodontal disease can cause larger health concerns, so if you notice signs (i.e. bleeding, red, or inflamed gums) please contact DentalWorks - Fort Mill in Tega Cay, SC as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with our dentists. DentalWorks - Fort Mill will use our experience and knowledge to identify and heal your oral health condition.