About Periodontal Exams
Periodontal (gum) disease affects a large population of adults in our country. When it goes undiagnosed and untreated, the disease can cause serious infection and tooth loss. When treated, periodontal disease can be managed and kept from causing serious damage to the teeth and gums. Beyond Smiles Dental Care in Fort Worth, TX recommends patients suffering from periodontal disease undergo a detailed examination by our board-certified dentist, Dr. Edwina Evangelista, during their annual dental exam. If found, periodontal treatment options include surgical and nonsurgical therapies. If you believe you may be suffering from periodontal disease, call our office to schedule your exam and consultation today.
What to Expect
Periodontal disease affects 75% of adults and can range from mild to severe. Beyond Smiles Dental Care offers a wide array of treatment options to help ensure that each patient receives the proper care. One of the more common forms of treatment used is a non-surgical procedure known as scaling and root planning. Scaling removes tarter and plaque from the area below the gum line while root planning creates a smoother root and gum surface. Antibiotics may also be used to help alleviate pain and inflammation. Surgical procedures for more severe forms of periodontal disease include: gum graft surgery, laser gum surgery, regenerative procedures, and pocket reduction procedures.
It is important to maintain healthy dental care practices to help prevent periodontal disease. This means creating or continuing a good oral hygiene routine as well as implementing suggestions given by the dentist. Dr. E may suggest scheduling routine, annual check-ups and examinations as well as bi-annual cleanings. Patients should also implement common oral care practices into their routines such as flossing, brushing twice a day, and using mouthwash.
The cost of the periodontal examination is included in the cost of the patient’s annual dental exam. The cost for treating gum disease will vary based on the severity of the disease and the treatment used. Patients can discuss treatment options during their consultation with Dr. Evangelista to receive information on costs.
Plan Your Procedure
Catch Gum Disease Early
If you have been diagnosed with or think you may have symptoms as a result of periodontal disease, contact Beyond Smiles Dental Care in Fort Worth today to schedule a consultation. With her experienced team, Dr. E will find a treatment that is suitable for your condition and restore your mouth back to optimal health.