About Periodontal Treatments
As a progressive oral infection, periodontal (gum) disease can damage the gum and bone tissues around your teeth and lead to tooth loss and other concerns. The condition generally results from an accumulation of bacterial plaque in the mouth and can proceed through the gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis stages without professional care. Periodontal disease commonly causes jawbone loss and gum recession, which can leave too little support for your teeth. Seeking treatment for gum disease as soon as possible is essential in protecting the appearance of your smile, oral health, and overall wellness. The highly skilled dental practitioners at ACE Dental of Harker Heights offer nonsurgical and surgical services to treat the stages of periodontal disease and their effects. Find out more about gum disease treatment options and how they might improve your oral health by scheduling a visit at our Harker Heights, TX facility.
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Who Is a Candidate for Periodontal Care?
If you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums, loose teeth, pus around the gums, bad breath, or other concerning symptoms, gum disease may be affecting your mouth. You may be a candidate for periodontal care if your gum pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) are over three millimeters deep and your x-rays show a loss of bone in your jaw. A receding gumline may also result from this condition and might require treatment once gum disease has been addressed. Getting the care needed to stop the progression of periodontal disease as soon as possible, no matter how advanced it might be, is vital to protecting your health and minimizing any further damage.
What Is the Treatment Process?
When you visit ACE Dental of Harker Heights for a consultation, our team will discuss your periodontal needs and explain your treatment options. While care is tailored to treat individual cases, the overall goal is to stop the disease progression and improve periodontal health. The stages and effects of gum disease may be addressed as follows:
- Gingivitis: This initial stage of gum disease is generally treated with a thorough dental cleaning and a better oral home care regimen.
- Periodontitis: Nonsurgical scaling and root planing (SRP) is often performed to treat periodontitis. This procedure may also be paired with localized antibiotic therapy.
- Advanced Periodontitis: We may recommend a surgical approach, like osseous (flap) surgery, to treat advanced cases of periodontitis.
- Bone Loss: To regenerate lost bone tissue, our team may perform bone grafting during an osseous surgery procedure or following other types of care.
- Gum Recession: Once periodontal disease is treated and under control, we may repair receded gum tissues with gum grafting procedures.
Recovery Following Periodontal Treatment
Since periodontal care is customized for each case, the recovery times and post-treatment instructions will vary among patients. However, maintaining good oral hygiene each day is the key to the recovery process following periodontal care. Our team can demonstrate ideal brushing and flossing techniques and provide you with aftercare tips based on the type of treatment you received. Our dentists may establish a periodontal maintenance program for you to help manage your gum health following periodontal treatment. These visits, which are generally scheduled every 3 – 4 months, include very thorough periodontal cleanings and are performed in place of regular (biannual) dental prophylaxis procedures.
Does Insurance Cover Periodontal Treatments?
If you carry dental insurance, our business staff will contact your provider to learn whether coverage may apply to your periodontal treatment. To help make covering any out-of-pocket costs more convenient for you, ACE Dental of Harker Heights accepts an array of affordable payment options. We will also be glad to help you explore budget-friendly solutions, which may include low-interest financing plans.
Treat Periodontal Disease With Experienced Care
Preserving gum and jawbone health is essential for all Harker Heights, TX patients and is a key factor in maintaining a healthy smile. Gum disease can progress without professional care and may carry other concerning effects, including bone loss and gum recession. If you believe your periodontal health may be at risk, partner with the experienced dentists at ACE Dental of Harker Heights to learn about your treatment options and get the care you need for periodontal health.
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