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

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Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is believed to affect around 75% of the U.S. population, but it can be easily detected and treated with regular periodontal examinations. With these exams, Scottsdale dentist, Dr. Rod Gore, will examine the gums to check for any signs of gum disease, including gingivitis, the mildest form to periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, the more serious stage of gum disease.. Symptoms of gum disease include puffy, red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums. If gum disease is detected, Dr. Gore has 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 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 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.