Periodontal disease is a condition of inflammation in the gums, which may lead to severe damage to your oral health. There are several stages of periodontal disease that range from mild to advanced. The very first phase is gingivitis, which is brought on by plaque buildup under the gumline. Without treatment, gingivitis may develop into the next phase, called periodontitis, which impacts the fibers and bone that support your tooth roots. Advanced periodontitis is the last phase of periodontal disease, which may lead to loose or lost teeth. To deal with gum disease, Newton Centre Dental provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatments based on the intensity of the disease, such as antibiotics, scaling and root planing, gum grafts, and extractions. When you have symptoms of a periodontal infection, get in touch with our office in Newton, MA to schedule an exam today.
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Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, isn't easy to discover by yourself, which is the reason why it's very important to schedule yearly dental exams at Newton Centre Dental. This provides us a chance to check your gums so we can recognize and address the problem before it affects your mouth and general well-being. As periodontal disease gets worse, signs will include swollen or red gums, bleeding due to regular flossing and brushing, a separated or receded gumline, and chronic halitosis (bad breath). At the subsequent phases of periodontal disease, you can also feel pain when chewing and sensitivity to cold and hot foods. It's necessary to schedule an appointment if you're seeing any of these signs so the disease can be addressed before it gets into your blood stream.
What to Expect
Treatment for gum disease will be based on the intensity of the disease. If we determine that you have periodontal disease, we will discuss suggestions for your treatment program. In cases caught early, scaling and root planing (SRP) is usually done to clean out your gum pockets. In more serious cases, antibiotics can be taken along with numerous SRP procedures. Acute cases of gum disease normally call for gum surgery, like pocket reduction or gum grafting.
Based upon the stage of gum disease and treatment program, your recovery period will be different. You might need to have a number of appointments in Newton Centre Dental to completely correct your periodontal disorder. After your dental health is restored, you must continue attending regular dental exams and cleanings at Newton Centre Dental. It's also wise to keep up a daily home dental routine, including flossing and brushing. We may also suggest an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to reduce your chance of developing another periodontal disorder.
Expenses for gum disease therapy will differ based upon the seriousness of the illness, as well as the treatment required. If you are using dental insurance, then our office will talk to your insurance provider to determine what they pay and if there will be any extra expenses. For patients with no insurance, Newton Centre Dental takes many payments and we will be able to help you find medical financing. Not going to the dentist due to fiscal concerns can lead to larger problems and much more costly therapies.
Periodontal disease will get worse if you don't get the correct therapy so it's crucial to get expert help when any signs occur. At Newton Centre Dental, we work with you to renew your gums and avoid future cases of gum disease. For more information or to schedule an appointment, get in touch with our office in Newton, MA.