Lake Myrtle Dental

Periodontal FAQ

What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, focusing on the study and treatment of the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth and jaw.

Who is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dental specialist who has the training and experience required by the American Dental Association to diagnose, treat, and prevent different forms of periodontal/gum disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, often begins as a buildup of plaque on the tooth’s surface near the gum line. If this plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing regularly, it can harden into what your dentist calls tartar. Continued buildup of plaque over tartar eventually causes the gums to become red, swollen, and irritated, leading to gingivitis—the first stage of periodontal disease. Without treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease.

What are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

  • Red, swollen, sore gums
  • Gums that bleed when brushing and flossing
  • Teeth that appear longer or become loose
  • Large spaces that form between the teeth
  • Gums that begin to pull away from the teeth
  • Chronic bad breath

Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can contribute to other health problems including heart disease and diabetes. If you’re pregnant, having periodontal disease is also linked to premature birth or low birth weight. Your smile’s health affects the overall health of your body.

Is Periodontal Disease Treatable?

Gum disease is both preventable and treatable. Today’s periodontal treatments provide you with a variety of options that are gentle, safe, and effective. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or gum disease, your periodontist can help you determine the best treatment option for your needs. Treatments include non-surgical treatment, periodontal surgery, periodontal therapy, dental implants, and at-home care products.

Am I at Risk of Having Periodontal Disease?

You may be at risk of having periodontal disease if you smoke or use tobacco products, do not practice regular oral hygiene, have health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or osteoporosis, or if you have a family history of gum disease. If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine if treatment is necessary.

Will My Insurance Cover My Periodontal Treatment?

Many insurance plans provide assistance for periodontal treatment. Our practice is committed to your dental health and aims to make treatment affordable and stress-free. We will help you work with your insurance provider to ensure that your treatment is manageable for your budget and peace of mind.

Periodontal FAQ at Lake Myrtle Dental

At Lake Myrtle Dental, we are committed to delivering the highest standard of dental care across all our services. Our skilled team combines state-of-the-art technology with proven techniques to offer personalized and effective treatments designed to meet your unique needs. Whether it’s a routine check-up or a specialized procedure, trust us to ensure a comfortable experience and lasting results. Your oral health and satisfaction are our top priorities, and we’re here to support you in maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come.