About Periodontal Treatments
Periodontal (gum) disease is an irritation of the gum tissue, which can cause serious problems, including infection or tooth loss if it is not detected and promptly treated. The three progressions of gum disease are gingivitis (first stage), periodontitis (second stage), and advanced periodontitis (final stage). During each patient's annual dental exams at Waterside Dental Care in Richmond, TX, our dentists will check for gum disease, but common indications include red, swollen gums; bleeding while flossing or brushing; receded or separated gums; and persistent bad breath. Depending on the level of gum disease when it is detected, our dentists at Waterside Dental Care can perform surgical or nonsurgical treatment procedures: scaling and root planing, antibiotics, gum surgery, gum tissue grafting, and tooth extraction.
"Me and my daughter our patients and enjoy are visit with Waterside Dental. My 11 year old has gone to different dentist offices and has always been scared to go for her visits. But with waterside dental she feels comfortable and likes to come to them and has no fears to her visits. Her tooth Extraction went great as her first time visit as a new patient."- S.T. / Google / Jan 28, 2020
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"I have been a new patient for about one month and have had three appts in that time. After my initial exam and X-ray I went back for my cleaning and one cavity. About two weeks later I had a Torus Mandibular erupt through the gum, rough boney protrusion, during the weekend. I called first thing Monday morning and the dentist was able to see me later that day. The problem was taken care at that time. The reception staff has been very nice and polite. The Dentist and her dental assistants are also very friendly and professional. I have no complaints."- M.S. / Yelp / Sep 30, 2019
What to Expect
Periodontal disease can vary between mild to severe and our dentists will decide on a treatment to fit the patient's level. One of the most common and easiest gum treatments offered is scaling and root planing (SRP), which is a nonsurgical deep cleaning of the plaque and tartar in the gum pockets. Our dentists may add on a course of antibiotics with the scaling and root planing treatment to decrease inflammation if the condition is more advanced. For the third stage of periodontal disease, our dentists will need to chose a surgical service: 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.
As soon as the gums are restored from the patient's periodontal service, it is important that the patient maintain a good oral care routine at home to stop another case of periodontal disease. Patients should talk to our dentists about a home routine, including proper brushing, flossing, and other treatments our dentists recommend. Patients should also remember to schedule appointments at Waterside Dental Care at least twice every year for a regular cleaning and at least once a year for an examination with our dentists.
Generally, dental insurance companies will cover periodontal services for gum disease, although the amount of coverage may differ based on the patient's policy. At some point in the patient's consultation, our dentists can go over out-of-pocket costs, payment methods, and offered financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Gum disease can develop into bigger health issues, so if you begin to notice symptoms (i.e. bleeding, red, or inflamed gums) please contact Waterside Dental Care in Richmond, TX immediately to schedule a consultation with our dentists. Waterside Dental Care will use our experience and knowledge to diagnose and solve your oral health condition.
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