About Periodontal Treatments
No matter what stage your periodontal disease is in, dentist Dr. Andrew Reingold and his staff have many strategies to fight off periodontal disease depending on the severity of your case. When a patient is diagnosed with periodontal disease, we offer comprehensive solutions to help aid in the healing of your gums and ease the symptoms (inflamed gums, chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, receding gums, loose teeth). At Everlasting Smile in NYC, we have nonsurgical and surgical periodontal treatments to heal the gums from this disease.
When you receive a periodontal disease diagnosis, in the early or late stages, rest assured that Dr. Reingold will offer you the best treatments in modern dentistry. Keep in mind that these treatments are usually performed in a series and require follow-up appointments for best results. When you have periodontal disease, it can lead to more serious health problems like infection or tooth loss. During a consultation, we can discuss all the options available you to make your smile healthy again.
Stages of Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis: In the earliest stage of periodontal disease, you may have symptoms of gingivitis (inflamed gums). We offer nonsurgical scaling and root planing treatments for this stage. Antibiotics, such as Atridox®, may be used as well to prevent an infection.
Periodontitis: The second stage of periodontal disease will need a more aggressive intervention. This may include gum surgery to rid the gums of bacteria. Left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. Antibiotics may be needed to stop the bacterial infection.
Advanced periodontitis: The most severe level of periodontitis will cause major damage to your teeth, and involve an infection that could travel into your main blood stream. At this stage, invasive treatments (gum surgery, gum grafting, tooth extraction) may be needed to keep your teeth from shifting, losing multiple teeth, and to stop bone loss.
What to Expect
Periodontal disease can range from mild to severe and the dentist will chose an appropriate treatment based on you condition. One of the most common and easiest gum treatment used is scaling and root planning (SRP), a nonsurgical deep cleaning of the gum pockets. The dentist may include antibiotic treatment to reduce inflammation with scaling and root planing if your case is more advanced. For the third stage of periodontal disease, the dentist will usually chose a surgical procedure: laser gum surgery, regenerative procedures, or pocket reduction procedures.
After the gums are restored to health after your periodontal treatment, it is important to maintain a good oral care routine to prevent recurrences of periodontal disease. You should talk to your dentist about a home routine, including proper brushing, flossing, and anything else the dentist recommends. You should also come into the office at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and at least once a year for a dental exam.
Most dental insurance companies will cover periodontal treatments for gum disease, but the amount of coverage will vary based on your policy. During your consultation, we can discuss out-of-pocket costs, payment methods, and available financing plans.
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Periodontal disease can lead to serious health problems, so if you have symptoms (i.e. bleeding, red, or inflamed gums) please contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We will use our experience and knowledge to diagnose and treat your oral health condition.