What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a condition where the gums are inflamed. There are several stages of this disease ranging from a mild case to advanced. The first stage is gingivitis, which is brought on by a buildup of plaque under the gumline. If not treated, gingivitis may develop into the second stage, called periodontitis, which impacts the fibers and bone that hold your teeth. Advanced periodontitis is the last stage of gum disease, which may cause teeth to become loose or fall out. To take care of gum disease, Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides both nonsurgical and surgical treatments based on the seriousness of the disease, such as scaling and root planing, antibiotics, gum grafts, gum surgery, as well as tooth extraction. When you have signs of gum disease, contact our office in Hamburg, PA to schedule an examination and consultation.
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what are the benefits of gum disease treatment?
The early stages of gum disease are generally easy to spot at home. This is why annual checkups at Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are so important. In our Hamburg, PA office, we will check your gum pockets carefully to diagnose and treat gum disease before it affects your oral and general wellness. Gum disease signs include red or swollen gums, bleeding due to regular brushing and flossing, a receded or separated gumline, and persistent bad breath. In the subsequent stages of periodontal disease, you could also experience pain when chewing and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. It is important to schedule an appointment if you are seeing any of these symptoms so the infection can be treated before it gets into your bloodstream.
what should I expect with periodontal treatment?
The treatment plan will depend on the severity of the infection. Our Hamburg, PA dentists at Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will go over different treatments to come to the quickest solution. In cases caught early, scaling and root planing (SRP) is typically done to deep clean your pockets of the gums. In more advanced cases, antibiotics may be administered in addition to numerous SRP treatments. Acute cases of periodontal disease typically call for a surgical procedure, such as regenerative (grafting) or pocket reduction.
what is recovery from gingivitis like?
Recovery from gingivitis will depend based on the stage of gum disease you are in. For gingivitis, it will be shorter when compared to more advanced periodontal issues. You may need to schedule several appointments in Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to fully treat your periodontal disorder. Once your oral health has been restored, you should continue attending routine dental examinations and cleanings in our Hamburg, PA office. It's also wise to keep up a daily home dental hygiene regimen, including brushing and flossing. We may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to reduce your risk of redeveloping periodontal disease.
will Insurance Cover gum disease?
The cost of gum disease treatment will vary based on the severity and the procedures that are required to resolve it. If you have insurance, we will work with you and your carrier to understand your benefits so that you can get the most out of them. If you don’t have insurance, we offer many financing plans that allow you to get the treatment you deserve, including CareCredit®. If you’re concerned about costs, please talk to one of our billing specialists at Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Hamburg, PA.
treatments leading to improved health
Don’t let gum disease take over, as it can progress and get worse. Contact our team at Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for compassionate care that will lead to improved oral health. We’ll work hard to restore your gum health and prevent future issues when you schedule an appointment in our Hamburg, PA office today.