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Periodontal (Gum) Disease Detection and Treatment – Scottsdale, AZ *

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Overview

The clinical term for "gum disease" is periodontal disease.   Unfortunately, periodontal disease is common and is believed to affect around 75% of the U.S. population.  The good news is that it can easily be diagnosed by a combination of gum measurements, x-rays and a visual exam.  can frequently be treated with non-surgical options if caught early enough.  Scottsdale dentists, Dr. Rod Gore and Dr. Whitney Sebree, will do a thorough examination to check for any signs of gum disease. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include puffy, bleeding gums and bad breath. If gum disease is detected, Dr. Gore and Dr. Sebree have several treatment options available. These include:

  • Scaling and Root Planing – nonsurgical periodontal therapy removes plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth and beneath the gum line with a scaling instrument, then smoothes or plans the tooth to minimize areas where plaque and tartar can hide. After scaling and root planing, Dr. Gore and Dr. Sebree may give the prescribe an oral antibiotic or an antibacterial mouthwash to prevent infections and decrease inflammation while the gums heal.
  • Laser Gum Therapy – a less invasive treatment used for gums that have separated from the teeth, leaving pockets filled with bacteria. The laser will seal the gums back to the teeth.
  • Bonding for Gum Line Recession – this treatment uses dental bonding of a restorative material to cover and protect a part of the tooth that’s left exposed due to gum recession.
  • Other treatments for gum disease include flap surgery, bone grafts, and gum (soft tissue) grafts. Dr. Gore and Dr. Sebree will talk to patients about their treatment options after they are diagnosed with gum disease.

What to Expect

There are a wide array of treatment options for periodontal disease to help ensure that each patient receives the proper care. One of the more common forms of treatment used is a non-surgical procedure known as scaling and root planning. Scaling removes tarter and plaque from the area below the gum line while root planning creates a smoother root and gum surface. Antibiotics may also be used to help alleviate pain and inflammation. Surgical procedures for more severe forms of periodontal disease include: gum graft surgery, laser gum surgery, regenerative procedures, and pocket reduction procedures. 

Treatment Aftercare

It is important to maintain healthy dental care practices to help prevent periodontal disease. This means creating or continuing a good oral hygiene routine as well as implementing suggestions given by the dentist. The dentist may suggest scheduling routine, annual check-ups and examinations as well as bi-annual cleanings. Patients should also implement common oral care practices into their routines such as flossing, brushing twice a day, and using mouthwash.

Anticipated Costs

The cost of the periodontal examination is included in the cost of the patient’s annual dental exam. The cost for treating gum disease will vary based on the severity of the disease and the treatment used. Patients can discuss treatment options during their consultation to receive information on costs.

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If you have been diagnosed with or think you may have symptoms as a result of periodontal disease, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. With our experienced team, we will find a treatment that is suitable for your condition and restore your mouth back to optimal health.