Periodontal Therapy – Ormond Beach, FL
Save Your Smile from Gum Disease
Did you know tooth decay isn’t the only danger to your oral health? Periodontal (gum) disease is also a leading cause of tooth loss. Not to mention, research indicates the infection can influence your general health negatively. Your smile doesn’t have to become another casualty of gum disease. Dr. Nawrocki and his team can stop the infection and save your smile with periodontal therapy.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue caused by bacteria found in tartar buildup from poor oral hygiene habits. Initially, it causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums, known as gingivitis. A good dental cleaning is often enough to resolve the infection, but without any treatment, it can cause your teeth to loosen and fall out.
Gum disease is all-to-common among adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of Americans have the infection. While the early signs of gum disease may not seem alarming, it can destroy your gums and bone quickly if it isn’t treated.
Signs of Gum Disease
Depending on the stage of the infection, gum disease can cause a variety of symptoms. However, the most common signs of periodontal disease include:
- Red, tender, or inflamed gums
- Gums bleed when brushing or flossing
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum recession
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loose or shifting teeth
While these symptoms are common, periodontal disease may not be visible to the untrained eye. Routine cleanings and checkups allow Dr. Nawrocki to spot the infection before you may notice there’s an issue.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Dr. Nawrocki strives to catch gum disease at the earliest stage to prevent irreversible damage to your smile. After examining your mouth, he’ll create a personalized strategy to restore your gum health, which can include:
Scaling & Root Planing
Also known as a “deep cleaning,” the two procedures are used to target plaque and bacteria that have accumulated below the gum line. After the periodontal pockets have been cleaned, the root surfaces are smoothed to discourage future buildup.
Antibiotics are often used along with scaling and root planing. The medication is applied to the gum tissue to neutralize any bacteria that may have remained after the initial treatment to improve your oral health to an even greater level.
Dr. Nawrocki may recommend more frequent cleanings and checkups after your initial treatment to ensure the infection has resolved fully.
Preventing Periodontal Disease
Your oral hygiene will be more important than ever after periodontal therapy if you don’t want the infection to reoccur. Dr. Nawrocki will recommend:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes each session.
- Use high-quality dental floss to clean between each tooth nightly.
- Use a daily mouthwash to kill bacteria left behind by brushing and flossing.
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to save your smile. Contact our office today to request your consultation for periodontal therapy.
Periodontal Therapy FAQs
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, it’s normal to have several concerns about the road ahead. Don’t worry, your dentist will explain your treatment plan to ease any apprehensions. While you wait for your periodontal therapy consultation, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.
Are there different stages of gum disease?
Yes, gum disease is separated into different stages based on the severity of the infection, which includes:
- Gingivitis: Redness, inflammation, and bleeding of the gums are the first signs of the infection, called gingivitis. It can be treated quickly without causing long-term damage to your smile.
- Periodontitis: If gingivitis isn’t treated, the infection will eventually damage the gums. When the infection reaches the periodontitis stage, you’ll require more aggressive treatment.
- Advanced Periodontitis: The most advanced stage of gum disease can cause your teeth to loosen, shift, and even fall out.
The severity of the infection will determine the complexity of your treatment. It’s best to see your periodontist at the first sign of gingivitis.
Can gum disease happen again?
The infection can reoccur if you aren’t committed to your oral hygiene. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in tartar buildup caused by poor brushing and flossing habits. Committing to a solid oral hygiene routine at home will reduce your risk of gum disease. Avoiding tobacco and alcohol will also lessen the risk. Besides caring for your teeth and gums at home, visit your dentist regularly. Your periodontal treatment plan may include more frequent cleanings and checkups to monitor your gum health. Maintain your follow-up visits as recommended by your periodontist.
Can I use my dental insurance for periodontal therapy?
Every policy differs, but most dental plans can be used to offset the cost of periodontal therapy. The stage of the infection can influence the amount covered because the required treatment will vary. After your initial examination, we’ll provide you with a personalized estimate and explain the fees. We will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to file the required paperwork to maximize your annual benefits. If there’s any out-of-pocket expense, our office offers multiple financial solutions to keep a healthy smile within everyone’s budget.
Where is a dentist near me for periodontal therapy?
If you’re looking for a great periodontist, you are in the right place. Dr. Nawrocki earned a degree in Microbiology and Cell Science before achieving his dental degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. After earning a certification for Advanced Education in General Dentistry, he went on to achieve a Specialist Certificate in Prosthodontics and a Master’s degree in Dental Science.
Working along Dr. Nawrocki’s side is Dr. Dennis. She earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Microbiology and Cell Science and Psychology before attending dental school at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She pursued her training to achieve her certificate in Prosthodontics and Master of Science in Oral Biology. The exceptional qualifications of our dental team allow us to treat the most advanced stages of gum disease. Don’t trust your smile to just anyone. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.