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Periodontal Therapy – Bensalem, PA

Ensure Positive Gum Health
with Effective Treatments

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Gum disease is technically an infection of gum tissue, which means that without treatment, it can spread relatively quickly and cause gum sensitivity, inflammation, gum recession and even tooth loss in the most severe cases. However, there are ways to treat your gum disease if you fear that you are noticing the symptoms. Perfect Smiles of Bensalem has comprehensive gum treatments that can work to stop the infection and get your oral health back on the right track! Call our office to get scheduled for an appointment!

Why Choose Perfect Smiles of Bensalem for Gum Disease Treatment?

  • Detailed Scaling and Root Planing Treatment
  • Antibiotic Therapy to Promote Faster Healing
  • Chao Pinhole Technique Available

Scaling & Root Planing

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When gum disease reaches past the point of gingivitis (the reversible stage of gum disease), a detailed cleaning and improved at-home care can usually reverse most of the symptoms. However, if plaque and bacteria has reached further underneath the gums, a deep cleaning is necessary in order to effectively treat the condition.

This is done through a two-step process known as scaling and root planing. Both of these steps work to remove plaque from teeth as well as promote healing of the gum tissue. Scaling is designed to remove plaque from areas both above and (particularly) below the gum line. Root planing is designed to smooth out the roots of teeth so they can better reattach to the gums and stop them from receding.

Antibiotic Therapy

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Following your gum therapy, it’s crucial that your gum tissue heals quickly. This way, we can finish cleaning the rest of your gum tissue as soon as possible. Gums are sensitive and need time to heal, which is why retreatments are required every three to four months. With antibiotic therapy, which is placed in the deep pockets that have formed in between your teeth as a result of the infection, we can promote faster healing and reduce the risk of your gums becoming infected again later.

Periodontal Therapy FAQs

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If we’ve recommended periodontal therapy in Bensalem to restore your gum health, you are certain to have several concerns. There isn’t any need to worry because our team will take the time to carefully explain the road ahead to help you feel confident in the decisions you’re making for your dental health. While you wait for your visit, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us to help ease any apprehensions.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection in the gum tissue that’s caused by bacteria found in plaque and tartar buildup. It is preventable with the proper brushing and flossing habits; however, at least 50% of Americans have a form of it. Although red, inflamed, or bleeding gums may not be alarming at first, if the infection isn’t resolved it can lead to tooth loss. In addition, research directly links gum disease to your overall health, increasing your risk of several issues, like cardiovascular disease. Thankfully, we can preserve your smile and your well-being with periodontal therapy.

What are the common signs of gum disease?

Gum disease can cause a variety of symptoms, which can vary depending on the severity of the infection. The earliest stage of the disease is gingivitis, which causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Over time, symptoms can progress to include:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Gum recession
  • Pus near the roots of the teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss

How much does periodontal therapy cost?

There is not a pre-determined fee for periodontal therapy because the cost is based on your individual treatment plan, such as if you need both antibiotic therapy and a deep cleaning. We’ll provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options.

Can I use my dental insurance?

Every policy differs, but many leading dental insurance carriers offer some coverage for periodontal therapy. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your insurance company, so you have one less thing to worry about. We’ll take the time to file the necessary claim forms to maximize your annual benefits to reduce your out-of-pocket expense. We will help you find the solutions you need for any remaining balance, like third-party financing.

Will I need to visit my dentist more often?

Depending on your treatment plan, we might temporarily recommend more frequent appointments for a cleaning and checkup. This allows us to closely monitor your gum health to quickly intervene at the first sign of an infection. We can stop it from progressing to restore a healthy smile.

Can I prevent periodontal disease?

There are several things you can do to prevent gum disease, such as:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Use a tartar-control toothpaste.
  • Brush for 2-minutes each session.
  • Floss every night.
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t drink alcohol in excess.
  • Limit your consumption of sugar.
  • Eat a balanced diet.