Periodontal Disease Treatment for Santa Rosa & Petaluma
Almost half of all Americans have gum disease, a rate that goes up to about 70 percent among senior citizens. Do not let the prevalence fool you, though: failing to treat periodontal disease can have serious health consequences. By scheduling an appointment at Sonoma Smiles, you are taking the first step in a journey back to good oral health.
Signs That You Have Gum Disease
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you floss or brush
- Bright red (or purple) gums
- Bad breath
- Sensitive (and even loose-feeling) teeth
During your regular dental examinations, your doctor will check for these symptoms. However, if you have noticed them on your own it is worth mentioning to your dentist, because periodontal disease is far easier to treat when it is detected early.
Periodontal Disease Treatment Options
Sonoma Smiles offers a variety of gum treatments; our doctors will determine the best course of action after examining your mouth.
Caught early, gingivitis can often be addressed with a couple of professional deep cleanings and a recommitment to good oral hygiene at home. If your gum disease is somewhat more advanced, the most common intervention is a process called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling is a technique that eliminates the plaque stuck beneath your gum line that no amount of brushing can reach. The next step is root planing, which involves smoothing the roots of your teeth so that the gums can rest against them more evenly. In doing so, your dentist is decreasing the amount of space in which bacteria can get trapped moving forward.
In the most severe cases, surgical solutions may be necessary to revive the health of your gums and protect the longevity of your teeth.
Who Is at Risk for Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Because plaque leads to periodontal disease, above all else, people who do not maintain proper oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing are most susceptible. However, there are certainly several other risk factors such as age, genetics, obesity, stress, poor diet and smoking that can make gum disease more likely.
Costs and Insurance for Periodontal Treatment
While dental insurance is typically good about covering preventative treatment for gum health, coverage for procedures that address existing periodontal disease varies from plan to plan.
The cost of periodontal disease treatment depends on the treatments utilized and the severity of the situation. The team at Sonoma Smiles will discuss pricing after examining your mouth. If necessary, Sonoma Smiles can help you apply for financing through a third party that specializes in assisting patients who need to pay for dental procedures.
Schedule an Appointment for Periodontal Maintenance
The sooner you realize you have periodontal disease, the easier it will be to restore healthy gums. Regular dental cleanings and checkups can tackle many of the problems. In the event that you need more serious interventions, Sonoma Smiles is prepared help.
Recommit yourself to proper gum health by scheduling an appointment with Sonoma Smiles through our online portal. Our experts will help you make swollen, bleeding gums a thing of the past.