Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment
Our Mouth and its relation to Overall Inflammation
Periodontal disease can pose a whole new set of challenges when it comes to taking care of your mouth. But, having periodontal disease doesn’t mean you should be discouraged. You can control periodontal disease and in fact, even put it into remission and our SouthPointe Dentists can help. In our article we’ll cover:
- Does periodontal disease cause inflammation? The facts explained.
- Can you reverse periodontal disease? Information about the next steps and periodontal disease treatment.
- How long does it take for periodontitis to go away? Find out how to keep periodontal disease in remission
Taking good care of your teeth and gums isn’t just about preventing cavities or bad breath. At SouthPointe Dental our dentists in Lincoln, NE know that the mouth is a window into the health of our entire body. It can show signs of overall inflammation or distress by manifesting in as problems in our mouth. Some of the most common manifestations of overall Inflammation is a diagnosis of Periodontal Disease.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Chronic Inflammatory Condition
Medical doctors consider gum disease is an inflammatory condition resulting in bone loss and is considered to be related to other medical problems, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Celiac Disease, Thyroid disease, Type 1 diabetes mellitus, Inflammatory Bowel Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and etc.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease is a form of chronic inflammation in a mouth causing the gums to recede, forming pockets between the teeth and gums. These pockets trap tartar, plaque, and food debris that eventually lead to infection and abscesses. Advanced Periodontal (gum) disease damages the bone that supports teeth and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. an infection in the spaces between the teeth and gums and around the teeth. Periodontal Disease is usually not uncomfortable and is silently damaging the attachment of the gums and bone to the teeth, eventually leading to bone loss. If the disease is not treated at this stage, teeth will become loose and require removal by a dentist in Lincoln, NE.
What do I do if I’ve been diagnosed with Periodontal Disease?
While periodontal disease is not curable, it can be stabilized with the right treatment and thorough and consistent home care. Once you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, the first step will be to have a deep cleaning (scaling and root planning).
This cleaning typically consists of two appointments where the hygienist will take care of one side of your mouth at a time. The anesthetic will be administered to ensure your comfort, and a specific cleaning tool will be used to clean the bacteria out of the pockets and then smooth the root of the tooth to help prevent bacteria from adhering to it.
Once the right and left side of your mouth has been cleaned, we recommend you come back for periodontal maintenance appointments every four months instead of every six months to help keep your periodontal disease stable. With meticulous home care, dental cleanings and check-up with your dentist in Lincoln, NE, you can arrest the disease, and it can remain stable the rest of your life.
Decreasing Overall Inflammation and Keeping Periodontal Disease in Remission Status
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can warn dentists that Active Inflammation is happening which may not be limited to the mouth and our Lincoln dentists may refer you to a medical doctor for an evaluation. Our health oriented dentists in Lincoln, NE may suggest additional lifestyle changes that may dramatically impact your overall health and help to keep the Periodontal disease in remission.
- Stop smoking or Vaping. Tobacco use is a significant risk factor for the development of periodontitis. Smokers are seven times more likely to get gum disease than nonsmokers, and smoking can lower the chances of success of some treatments.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet
- Fix your gut by taking probiotics. Find out how to choose an excellent probiotic.
- Take Vitamin C
- Take Vitamin D
- Eat a diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids; the kinds found in fatty fish (herring, salmon, sardines, trout, and tuna), fish oil, and flaxseed.
- Exercise regularly — it’s a natural anti-inflammatory. Living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle might just be the number one thing you can do for yourself!
- Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage, because stress worsens the immune response.
Does Insurance cover Periodontal (Gum) Disease treatment?
Most dental insurances do cover some of the cost for Periodontal disease treatment. Our dentists in Lincoln, NE accept many dental insurance plans and would be happy to discuss your specific insurance plan before beginning the treatment for a Periodontal disease.
What is the cost for Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment if I do not have dental insurance?
We want patients to be at their healthiest regardless of insurance plans or financial limitations. We offer payment plans to make treatment affordable.
The information on this page was written by Dr. Sydney Joyce.
This gentle Lincoln, NE dentists says: “For the past years, I have been extremely privileged to be part of this great profession, which I have only grown to love more with each passing year. There is nothing more rewarding than teaching and helping my patients care for their smiles and helping them to be healthier overall. Quality dental care is my number one goal, but I also feel that patients deserve personalized care where they are given their options for treatment and can help decide what course they would like to take. While providing excellent dental care for you, I want your dental experience to be comfortable and positive.”
You can schedule with this Lincoln, NE dentist, or her partners, online 24/7 at a SouthPointe Dental Location near you. This “dentist near me” serves the local communities close to Lincoln. Some of the communities include Roca, Bennet, Firth, Crete, and Hickman!
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