About Periodontal Treatments
Periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue, which can lead to serious repercussions, such as infection or tooth loss if it is not diagnosed and properly treated. The three stages of gum disease are gingivitis (first stage), periodontitis (second stage), and advanced periodontitis (final stage). During each patient's annual dental exams at West Valley Family Dental in Glendale, AZ, our dentists will check for gum disease, but common symptoms include red, swollen gums; bleeding while brushing and flossing; receding gums; and persistent bad breath. Depending on the severity of gum disease when it is diagnosed, our dentists at West Valley Family Dental offers nonsurgical and surgical treatment options: scaling and root planing, antibiotics, tooth extraction, gum surgery, and gum tissue grafting.
"I've been going to West Valley Family Dentist since 2016. The staff is always very helpful with explaining procedures and billing and very friendly. I recently had to go back for a deep cleaning and a filling. The hygienist was very good at explaining what she was doing step by step which helped with my anxiety and was patient and gentle with me. I then saw Dr. Rael and her assistant Marni for my filling and they were on top of everything from making sure I was comfortable during the procedure explaining what to expect to calling the oral surgeon to coordinate what needed to be done further which was a relief to know I was in good hands and felt they actually cared about my concerns! Thank you West Valley Family Dental for making my dentist trip smooth!"- K.B. / Yelp / Jun 06, 2019
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What to Expect
Periodontal disease can range from mild to severe and our dentists will chose an appropriate gum disease treatment based on the patient's condition. One of the most common and easiest gum treatments used is scaling and root planing (SRP), which is a nonsurgical deep cleaning of the plaque build up in the gum pockets. Our dentists may include an antibiotic treatment with the scaling and root planing procedure to reduce inflammation if the case is more advanced. For the third stage of periodontal disease, our dentists will usually chose a surgical procedure: pocket reduction, laser gum surgery, or regenerative gum surgery.
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.
After the gums are restored to health from the patient's periodontal treatment, it is critical that the patient start a good oral care routine at home to prevent recurrences of periodontal disease. Patients should talk to our dentists about a home routine, including proper brushing, flossing, and anything else our dentists recommend. Patients should also come in to West Valley Family Dental at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and at least once a year for a dental exam with our dentists.
Most dental insurance companies will cover periodontal treatments for gum disease, but the amount of coverage will vary based on the patient's policy. During the patient's consultation, our dentists can discuss out-of-pocket costs, payment methods, and available financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Gum disease can lead to serious health problems, so if you have symptoms (i.e. inflamed, bleeding, or red gums) please contact West Valley Family Dental in Glendale, AZ today to schedule a consultation with our dentists. West Valley Family Dental will use our experience and skills to diagnose and treat your oral health issue.