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Treatment for Gum Disease

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a serious gum and bone infection that damages soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontal diseases can range from a simple gum infection to a more serious disease state. If periodontal disease is not treated with general dentistry, you may expreience pain, inflammation, tooth mobility, sensitivity and tooth loss.

What the difference between periodontal maintenance (D4910) and a regular cleaning (D1110) visit?

It is important for you to know that after Gum Infection Therapy (aka “deep cleaning’ or “scaling and root plaining”) is completed that the type of “cleaning” that you will receive will change. A periodontal maintenance cleaning is always recommended after Gum Infection Therapy. In contrast to a regular cleaning for a healthy mouth without periodontal disease, a periodontal maintenance cleaning allows your hygienist to clean below your gum line. This type of cleaning ensures that we provide you with the best possible care, the care that you deserve.

How much will this cost me?

Good question! Ashley, our treatment and insurance coordinator would love to help answer this question for you. There are many types of insurance out there and each one is unique. So, this is a question that must be answered on individual basis.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

What will visits be like after Gum Infection Therapy?

It is very important for us to work together in order to make you mouth a happier, healthier place. We like to see patients back 3 months following Gum Infection Therapy. This visit is very important; we make sure that your gum tissue is responding well to treatment and when we clean we disrupt the growth of bad bacteria in the mouth (above and below the gum line). Ideally, we like to see patients on a 3 or 4 month re-care interval for the first year following Gum Infection therapy. It is really important to follow periodontal disease closely. Please note: gums/tissue and bone found in your mouth cannot ‘grow back’. Periodontal maintenance visits are essential minimizing bad bacteria and promoting healthy mouth.

What products do you recommend for me?

If you suspect you or a family may have gum disease, contact Cardinal Dental today to schedule a consultation.

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