About Periodontal Treatments
Periodontal (gum) disease is a swelling of the gum tissue, which can bring about serious consequences, like infection or tooth loss if it is not identified and correctly treated. The three levels of gum disease are gingivitis (first stage), periodontitis (second stage), and advanced periodontitis (final stage). During each patient's annual dental exams at DentalWorks - River Oaks in Calumet City, IL, our dentists will check for gum disease, but common signs include red, swollen gums; bleeding while brushing and flossing; separating gums; and persistent bad breath. Depending on the stage of gum disease when it is identified, our dentists at DentalWorks - River Oaks provides surgical and nonsurgical treatment methods: scaling and root planing, antibiotics, tooth extraction, gum tissue grafting, and gum surgery.
What to Expect
Periodontal disease can vary from mild to severe and our dentists will select the best gum disease procedure considering the patient's stage. One of the most common and easiest gum treatments performed is scaling and root planing (SRP), which is a nonsurgical deep cleaning of the tartar build up in the gum pockets. Our dentists may add a round of antibiotics with the scaling and root planing service to minimize inflammation if the gum disease is more advanced. For the third stage of periodontal disease, our dentists will generally chose a surgical treatment: laser gum surgery, pocket reduction, or regenerative procedures.
Due to the chronic nature of gum disease, patients typically require maintenance care which includes at home therapy and more frequent visits to the dentist. The most cutting edge at home therapy is a tray delivery system known as PerioProtect. This tray is custom fitted to you and made to deliver medication. This helps keep the infection at bay in the comfort of your own home. Click here for more information on PerioProtect.
Once the gums are healthy again from the patient's periodontal procedure, it is vital that the patient keep a good oral care routine at home to avoid a return of periodontal disease. Patients should talk to our dentists about a home routine, including proper brushing, flossing, and any other products our dentists recommend. Patients also need to visit DentalWorks - River Oaks at least twice each year for a dental cleaning and at least once a year for a dental examination with our dentists.
Typically, dental insurance companies will cover periodontal procedures for gum disease, however the amount of coverage can change based on the patient's policy. At the patient's consultation, our dentists can talk about out-of-pocket costs, payment methods, and current financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Gum disease can cause larger health concerns, so if you notice symptoms (i.e. bleeding, inflamed, or red gums) please contact DentalWorks - River Oaks in Calumet City, IL as soon as possible to schedule a consultation with our dentists. DentalWorks - River Oaks will use our knowledge and skills to diagnose and heal your oral health concern.