The term “periodontics” refers to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. Gum tissues serve to surround and support the teeth, and the underlying jawbone anchors teeth firmly in place. Periodontists complete several years of extra dental training and are well trained in the function, health, and aesthetics of the jawbone and tissues.
Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that begins with mild gum inflammation called gingivitis. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults living in the developed world and should be taken very seriously. Red, swollen, painful, or bleeding gums typically signify periodontal disease, but in some cases, there are no noticeable symptoms.
Periodontal disease begins when the bacteria living in plaque cause an infection in the surrounding tissues of the teeth, causing them to become irritated and painful. Eventually, this infection will cause a receding jawbone and loose teeth.
Reasons for Periodontal Treatment
- Moderate/advanced gum disease
- Localized gum recession
- Before crown lengthening
- Ridge augmentation
In the case of mild to moderate periodontal problems, the general dentist and his hygienist will be the first line of defense.
Scaling and root planing may be needed to properly clean the pockets and to bring the mouth back to full health. Where periodontal disease is advanced, and the jawbone has regressed significantly, more intensive cleaning may be recommended, and loose teeth that cannot be saved will be removed.
Because periodontal disease is progressive, it is essential to remove the plaque and tartar build-up to halt the spread of the infection. Dr. Brusky and his hygienists will be happy to advise you on effective cleaning methods and treatment options.
How Much Does Oral Surgery Cost?
For periodontal disease and oral disease treatment, your costs may vary, depending on the need for anesthesia, the types of treatment and their locations, and other factors that can cause fees to vary so widely. If budget is your concern, speak to Dr. Brusky and his friendly staff at your next appointment. Together we’ll help you figure out a life-improving solution that works within your budget.
Patients in Howard, De Pere, Seymour, Pulaski, and Shawano who suffer from periodontal disease are encouraged to ask Green Bay-area dentist Dr. Brusky about treatment options at your next dental appointment. Call (920) 662-1440 to schedule.