Periodontal Disease in rockford, dixon and janesville
Periodontal diseases occur in the periodontal ligament, gums, and alveolar bone. Periodontal disease only affects the gums in the early stages (gingivitis) but as it progresses, begins to affect all structures surrounding the teeth. Everyone is at risk of developing periodontal disease, but patients who have certain preexisting health conditions (diabetes) or who meet any of the following criteria are at an increased risk:
- Poor dental hygiene
- Diet that is high in starch and sugars
- Tobacco users (especially smoking and chewing tobacco)
- Genetic predisposition (children of parents with periodontal disease are significantly more likely to also develop periodontal disease)
- Certain medications (blood pressure medication and certain steroids)
- Frequently experience high levels of stress.
Periodontal disease is progressive, which means that it will not correct itself naturally, and symptoms will continue to develop and worsen in severity. In the early stages of the disease, symptoms typically include gums that are swollen, red, and/or bleed easily. As the disease progresses, patients may experience teeth that become loosened and eventually fall out, as well as jawbone deterioration.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment to diagnose or treat periodontal disease, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
Aftercare Following Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Aftercare instructions following treatment of periodontal disease will vary depending upon what type of procedure you have performed. It is essential to follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist to minimize risks and enjoy a fast recovery.
- To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
- To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Do not spit, rinse, or use a straw for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
- Eat soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup for the first two weeks and slowly reintroduce harder foods as the healing process progresses.
- Continue practicing good oral hygiene habits and scheduling regular periodontal exams to reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
By following these instructions and continuing to keep your teeth and gums clean, you will enjoy a fast healing process and can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Prior to performing treatment for periodontal disease, we will conduct an in depth dental and medical health history review to determine the underlying reason why you have developed periodontal disease. This process will include an examination of your bite and for any indications of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer, or other signs of periodontal disease.
Once the underlying cause has been identified, treatment for periodontal disease can begin. There are several different treatment options available for patients who have developed periodontal disease. Which treatment option is right for you will depend upon the severity of your case and your susceptibility for developing additional issues.
The most common method for treating early periodontitis is the scaling and root planing procedure. Also called a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is an effective method of removing calculus, plaque, and diseased tissue that has accumulated in your gum pockets that cannot be removed through traditional brushing methods, as well as using specialized dental instruments that smooth the surface of your tooth’s roots, which inhibits future growth of bacteria.
Cost of Treating Periodontal Disease
The cost of treating periodontal disease will be determined by the severity of your case, how many visits are necessary, what type of periodontal treatment or treatments you receive, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
Periodontal Care You Can Trust
At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing high-quality care and supporting your efforts to enjoy good periodontal health by identifying and correcting periodontal issues early, and implementing correct and consistent oral health self-care. Although we offer a range of surgical treatment options for periodontal disease and its associated health and cosmetic impacts, our primary focus is to provide conservative treatment, avoiding surgery whenever possible.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for treating periodontal disease, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.