Periodontal Therapy for Healthy Teeth and Gums
Gum disease can develop for a variety of reasons, including improper oral hygiene, genetic predisposition, lifestyle habits, such as diet or tobacco use, age, systemic diseases, certain medications, and aging. Along with practicing good person oral hygiene habits, the best way to avoid developing oral health issues and continue enjoying a bright healthy smile is to schedule regular dental cleanings every six months or with greater frequency if you have developed or are at an increased risk of developing gum disease. Periodontal therapy can involve several different types of treatment, but all types of treatment share the common goal of restoring diseased tissues back to a healthy state and prevent further issues from developing.
At Dental Serenity™, we offer a comprehensive range of dental procedures, from common treatments like fillings or root canal therapy, cosmetic treatments like veneers or teeth whitening, restorative procedures like dental implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth, and diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease. To ensure you are comfortable and have as enjoyable an experience as possible, we also offer sedation dentistry so you can remain calm and receive the care you need.
If you are interested in learning more about the quality services we offer, or to schedule a consultation for periodontal therapy and/or treatment of gum disease and recession, contact our office at 703-445-9600, stop by our clinic located at 17181 Wayside Dr., Dumfries, Virginia, or schedule an appointment online.
Periodontal Therapy Treatment Options
Patients who are suffering from periodontal disease may experience gum recession. If this issue is not treated at an early stage, more complicated and serious problems can develop.
In the early stages of periodontal disease, non-surgical treatments are typically pursued, such as deep cleanings, scaling and root planing, and adjunctive therapy, such as antimicrobials and antibiotics. These treatment methods, along with following proper daily oral hygiene habits, are typically successful in correcting periodontal disease and preventing similar issues from developing again.
If this treatment approach is not sufficient in correcting periodontal disease and/or gum recession, there are a range of surgical treatment options available to correct advanced periodontal disease, including the following:
- Scaling and Root Planing: Removal of plaque and calculus from the surfaces and below the gumline of your teeth (scaling) followed by smoothing the roots of your teeth to inhibit future bacterial growth which can cause gums to recede.
- Periodontal Laser Treatment: Similar to scaling and root planing procedure, but diseased gum tissue is removed using a laser instead of traditional dental instruments, which causes less discomfort and gum shrinkage.
- Regeneration: After folding back your gum tissue to remove bacteria, tissue-stimulating proteins, bone grafts, or membranes are strategically placed to facilitate your body’s ability to regenerate tissue and bone.
Is Special Care Required Following Periodontal Therapy?
Care instructions following periodontal therapy will depend largely on what type of procedure is performed and the severity of your case. In addition to following after care instructions, it is critical that you follow these best practices to continue enjoying good oral health and reduce the risk of gum disease and gum recession from developing again:
- Practice good daily oral hygiene habits: Enjoying good oral health requires a personal commitment on your part to consistently brush your teeth twice daily and flossing regularly. If you struggle with flossing on a regular basis, you may want to consider floss picks or interdental brushes.
- Eat healthy: Avoiding unhealthy foods and beverages that are high in starch and sugar is one of the best ways to avoid developing gum disease. It is also important to swish your mouth with water after eating a meal or drinking a sugary beverage to remove food remnants that can cause decay if not removed. Using a straw while drinking sugary beverages also reduces the amount of sugar that is exposed to your teeth.
- Dental cleanings/checkups: To prevent gum disease and gum recession, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and checkup at least every six months. In addition to performing a professional cleaning, these checkups also provide an opportunity to identify and begin treating issues before they become worse.
What is the Cost of Periodontal Therapy?
The cost of periodontal therapy will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of your case, whether dental sedation is used, any additional procedures performed along with periodontal therapy, and whether you are covered by dental insurance. If you do have dental insurance, your final bill will be determined by your dental insurance coverage, co-pay requirements, and annual deductibles.
Our clinic is in network with most PPOs and accepts all insurance plans. We also offer interest free financing through Lending Club, and CareCredit, or you may consider joining our Dental Serenity Membership Club to save money on treatment and simplify your payments for preventative care. To learn more about Dental Serenity Membership Club, click on the following link: https://dental-serenity.illumitrac.com/
For your convenience, we accept all forms of credit and debit cards, including Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
Dentistry with a Gentle Touch
At Dental Serenity™, we understand that visiting the dentist can cause concern and anxiety, which is why we do everything we can to ensure that your experience is an enjoyable one. To help provide you with as enjoyable an experience as possible, our office is fitted with free high-speed wireless internet, flat screen TVs in all of our treatment rooms, soothing music to put you in a relaxed state, aromatherapy, and neck massagers in our waiting room. We are also committed to providing you with services when you need them most, which is why we offer early morning and late evening appointments throughout the week.
To schedule an appointment for periodontal therapy and/or to treat gum disease and gum recession, contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the best dental care possible delivered in a comfortable and calm environment by professionals who are committed to ensuring that you receive the personalized care you deserve and continue to enjoy good oral health!