Gum (periodontal) disease is a condition of inflammation in the gums that may lead to critical damage to your oral health. To deal with gum disease, dentist William Shattuck provides different treatments based on the intensity of the disease, such as antibiotics, scaling and root planing, and extractions. There are several stages of periodontal disease that range from mild to advanced. The very first phase is gingivitis, which is brought on by a plaque buildup under the gumline. Without treatment, gingivitis may develop into the next phase, called periodontitis, which impacts the fibers and bone that support your tooth roots. Advanced periodontitis is the last phase of periodontal disease, which may cause loose or lost teeth. When you have symptoms of a periodontal infection, get in touch with Radiant Dental Care in Haslet, TX to schedule an examination with Dr. Shattuck.
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Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, isn't easy to discover by yourself, which is the reason why it's very important to schedule yearly dental examinations at Radiant Dental Care. This provides Dr. Shattuck a chance to check your gums so he can recognize and address the problem before it affects your mouth and general wellbeing. As periodontal disease gets worse, signs will include swollen or red gums, bleeding due to regular flossing and brushing, a separated or receded gumline, and chronic halitosis (bad breath). In the subsequent phases of periodontal disease, you could also feel pain when chewing and sensitivity to cold and hot foods. It's crucial to schedule an appointment if you're sensing any of these signs so the disease can be addressed before it gets into your blood stream.
What to Expect
Your periodontal treatment will be based on the intensity or stage of the disease. If Dr. Shattuck determines you have periodontal disease, he will discuss his suggestions for your treatment program. In cases caught early, scaling and root planing (SRP) is usually done to clean out your gum pockets. Dr. Shattuck will also use an antiseptic during this procedure to help kill any remaining bacteria in the gum pockets and flush them away from the gums. In more serious cases, antibiotics can be placed beneath the gums or taken along with numerous SRP procedures. Acute cases of gum disease normally call for gum surgery like pocket reduction or gum grafting.
Based upon the stage of gum disease and treatment program, your recovery period will vary. You might need to have a number of appointments at Radiant Dental Care to completely correct your periodontal disorder. After your dental health is restored, you must continue attending regular dental exams and cleanings at Radiant Dental Care. It's also critical to keep up a daily home dental hygiene regimen, including flossing and brushing. Dr. Shattuck may suggest an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to reduce your chance of developing another periodontal disorder.
Expenses for gum disease therapy will depend upon the seriousness of the illness as well as the processes required. If you are using dental insurance, our office will talk to your insurance provider to ascertain what they pay and if there will be any extra expenses. For patients with no insurance, Radiant Dental Care offers many payment plans, and we will be able to help you to find third-party financing via CareCredit. Questions about costs? Please speak to Dr. Shattuck during your consultation. Not going to the dentist due to fiscal concerns can lead to larger problems and much more costly therapies.
Periodontal disease will get worse if you don't get the correct therapy, so it's crucial to get expert help when any signs occur. At Radiant Dental Care, we work with you to renew your gums and avoid future onsets of disease. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shattuck, get in touch with our office in Haslet, TX.