Here are some questions – along with expert answers – about periodontics and dental implants.
Q: What is periodontal disease?
A: Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth.
Q: What causes periodontal disease?
A: Plaque. So without proper at-home oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your risk clearly increases. However even perfect oral hygiene doesn't always prevent it. Other risk factors include tobacco use, general health conditions, medications, stress, genetics, hormonal changes and poor nutrition.
Q: What is a periodontist?
A: Periodontist is a dental specialist who treats gum disease and the results of tooth loss with non-surgical and surgical procedures.
Q: When should I see a periodontist?
A: If you value your oral health, anytime is a good time to see a periodontist for a periodontal evaluation. One may be especially important if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- gums that bleed easily
- red, swollen, or tender gums
- gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- persistent bad breath
- pus between the teeth and gums
- loose or separating teeth
- a change in the way your teeth fit together when biting
Q: What can I expect at my first visit?
A: We at PHS will review your complete medical and dental history with you. We will examine your gums and teeth. We will also take a small measuring instrument and place it between your teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces.
Q: How can Periodontal disease be prevented?
A: The best way is through effective daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits and periodontal exams.
Q: Will it hurt?
A: New treatment options using refined techniques can be performed comfortably as office procedures. Improvements in medications, local anesthesia, anxiety and pain control, and, in some cases, conscious sedation, are available to make your treatment more pleasant and comfortable.
Q: How long will it take to heal?
A: It's important to follow the doctor's instructions. Patients generally can expect to enjoy their normal routine the following day. Talk with your periodontist about any special post-operative considerations you may have such as diet, exercise, or follow-up medications. Also check out our pre and post operative instructions page.
Q: Will insurance cover the surgery?
A: Many plans will pay a portion of periodontal services. Your periodontal health is important so talk to us about payment options. Our staff will work with your insurance company to secure maximum benefits.