Periodontal treatments are used when a patient has developed gum disease. We will work with you to solve any periodontal issues and preserve your smile. At each cleaning appointment, we check for signs of periodontal disease. Some of the most noticeable symptoms are bad breath, puffy or inflamed gums, tender or bleeding gums, visible tartar build up, and loose teeth. To know for sure, one of our hygienists will do a periodontal screening where they will evaluate your X-rays and measure the gum pockets around your teeth.
Once periodontal disease is diagnosed, the next recommended step is to have what is called a scaling and root planing, also known as an SRP. This deeper cleaning is usually completed in 2 appointments because it is a thorough debridement, including subgingival scaling. This takes longer than a traditional cleaning due to the severity of potential infection and bone loss associated with periodontal disease. Following the SRP appointments, it is recommended to keep up with periodontal maintenance cleaning appointments every 3 months. Since gum disease can increase bacteria levels and cause more aggressive bone loss, these cleanings are important to maintain the overall health of your smile. Having cleanings every 3 months is the general standard of care and what is allowable under most insurance plans.
To get started on periodontal treatment, we welcome you to reach out to our team and inquire and about scheduling an appointment with our dentists. We look forward to hearing from you!