ABOUT PERIODONTAL DISEASE
What are common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?
Some patients may experience painful, swollen, tender or bleeding gums. Some patients will have no symptoms. When gum disease reaches more advanced stages some patients can develop an abscessed gum tissue adjacent to a tooth or teeth. Some teeth may become tender to pressure, biting or chewing.
What can I do at home to prevent periodontal disease?
The best way to prevent periodontal diseases is to practice effective oral hygiene in order to prevent accumulation of bacterial plaque on the tooth. Effective oral hygiene should be reviewed by your dentist or dental hygienist in order to be sure you are practicing the correct methods or techniques.
Can children be at risk for developing periodontal disease?
Periodontal diseases are somewhat rare in children. Gingivitis or inflamed gingiva (gums) is more common in children and adolescents. Gingivitis can be a precursor to periodontal diseases although not all gingivitis leads to periodontal disease.
I have heard there is a connection between gum disease and heart disease. Is this true?
Yes this is true. Based upon current scientific evidence, gum disease (or periodontal disease) is a Risk Factor for the development of Heart Disease. A direct causal relationship or cause and effect relationship has not been established.
What are the consequences of missing teeth?
Missing teeth may have health considerations as proper nutrition is dependent upon mastication or chewing of food. Missing teeth may result in shifting of other teeth which may affect occlusion or how the teeth fit together. Ultimately this can affect the bite or how our teeth function.
What are the benefits in seeing a periodontist for dental implants?
Periodontists who are trained in the surgical placement of dental implants have typically benefited from 3 years of advanced post-graduate didactic and surgical training including periodontal and implant surgery and anesthesia. Managing implant restoration or reconstruction of a missing tooth or missing teeth requires a base of knowledge including: human surgical anatomy, case planning, medical evaluation, implant restorative principles, basic to advanced surgical principles, implant technology and design and post-surgical complication management. Once the implant has been restored the periodontist is the expert for implant health maintenance and supportive care.
Other than diagnose and treat gum disease, what else have periodontists been trained to do?
Periodontists are dentist specialists that focus on the overall health, comfort, function and esthetics of the dentition. The foundation of the dentition is based upon the periodontium or tissues that support the teeth. Periodontists are trained to understand not just the tissues that support the teeth, but how the diseases of these structures can impact adversely on the systemic health of the patient as well as how certain systemic diseases can adversely affect periodontal and oral health. Periodontists are trained in plastic surgery procedures to restore or replace lost gum tissue or gingiva. These plastic surgery procedures include surgery designed to reshape the gum tissue of the teeth to improve the cosmetic appearance of the teeth. Periodontists that offer implant treatments are typically trained in advanced procedures to reconstruct bone for dental implant placements. Periodontists are trained to function as part of a team to place and restore implants in both simple and complex cases.
Dr. Brown is "board certified." What does that mean?
Dr. Brown is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Board Certification as a Diplomate demonstrates a special and unique accomplishment that can require an additional two to three years from post graduate training. Today only fifty percent of practicing Periodontists are Diplomates of the AAP. Board Certification is a voluntary process that provides an intensive independent evaluation of a periodontist’s education and clinical comprehension. The American Board of Periodontology was organized by the American Academy of Periodontology in 1939. The Mission of the American Board of Periodontology is to Advance the Art and Science of Periodontics and Elevate the Quality of Periodontal care through the Examination, Certification, and Recertification of Periodontists and by Encouraging the Achievement and Maintenance of Diplomate status.
COST OF PERIODONTAL PROCEDURES
What are general costs for a procedure?
Costs vary based upon the scope and severity of the disease or problem that requires treatment. Prior to treatment a thorough evaluation would be accomplished to establish the nature of the problem and the cost of treatment or therapy.
Are periodontal treatments generally covered under Medicare or Medicaid?
Usually not. Medicare and Medicaid typically do not cover dental treatment/s or tooth restoration with dental implants.
I can't afford periondontal treatment at this time. What are my options?
Our practice can offer you a variety of financing options that may make periodontal treatment or dental implants affordable for you. My advice to you would be to schedule an evaluation to determine what your needs are and then we may be able to develop a plan to make the care affordable and fit your budget.