Gum disease is a relatively common condition. In fact, over half of all Americans have some form of it. In spite of affecting so many people, it can still be a mystery—especially to the newly diagnosed. Here are some of the most popular questions we hear at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants:
Will It Get Better On its Own?
Unlike other medical conditions, periodontitis (the infection that causes gum disease) will not clear up on its own. Even if you try to brush and floss more at home, once the infection has taken root in your gums it can only be removed through professional methods.
Why Does It Matter If My Gums Bleed A Little?
Gums that are puffy and bleed are not healthy. This is one of the first signs that you have gingivitis or periodontitis.
Does This Mean I Have To Have Gum Surgery?
Many years ago, the only hope for suffers of gum disease was to have a surgery that involved a scalpel and sutures and a long recovery time. Now there are several minimally-invasive treatments like LANAP and the Pinhole Surgical TechniqueTM that can treat your gum disease and restore your oral health.
Will My Insurance Cover Treatment?
Gum disease is a serious medical issue and treatment is at least partially covered by most dental plans. Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants also offers several in-house financing plans to help pay for your out-of-pocket responsibility.
Can’t My Regular Dentist Due A Deep Cleaning?
Both a periodontist and a dentist have a degree in dentistry, but a board-certified periodontist studies and addition 2-3 years to specialize on the treatment of gum and soft tissue disorders. General dentists know a little bit about a lot of procedures, but periodontists know everything there is to know about your gums and have much more experience in procedures like subgingival scaling and root planing, and a periodontist will perform the Pinhole Treatment.
Got more questions? We’ve got answers! Schedule an appointment to check the health of your mouth and learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease.