About Periodontal Treatments
Gum disease is a very common occurrence with more than 3 million cases reported each year in the United States. Also known as periodontal disease, the gum tissue becomes inflamed and can lead to pain, infection, tooth loss, and more. Bedford, TX cosmetic dentist, Dr. Scott Staffel, diagnoses and treats periodontal disease at his practice to protect patients’ oral health. There are 3 stages of gingivitis: the first is gingivitis, the second is periodontitis, and the third stage is advanced periodontitis. Dr. Staffel looks for any signs of gum disease during annual exams, or when a patient has concerns.
Commonly, patients will notice bleeding gums when brushing and flossing, red and swollen gums, gums that are pulling away from the teeth, sores in the mouth, persistent bad breath, and more. There are a number of options that can be implemented to treat gum disease. Some of the most common treatments include antibiotics, scaling and root planing, gum tissue grafting, gum surgery, laser treatment, and tooth extraction. Dr. Staffel will assess your gums and determine the best course of treatment.
"Aside from the fact that the entire team here is very understanding and extremely competent, they are down to earth and dont talk over your head. Dr. Staffel and his time were super helpful in quelling my fear of needles and dentists as a whole. Love them"- R.P. / Google / Oct 16, 2020
"I went in with an emergency situation that was handled promptly and throughly even though this was not my regular dentist. Staff was courteous and friendly. Dr Staffel appeared very knowledgeable and was very interested in learning the complete history of my situation to complete the treatment. He did a great job with the repair. I think I’ve found the dentist I’ve been searching for since moving to the DFW ares of Texas."- A.T. / Yelp / Sep 15, 2020
"Our family has been going to Dr. Staffel for years and now our grandchildren go as well. We trust him & the office staff who always makes us feel like family along with the professionalism that is always present Anytime someone asks for a dentist in the local area … we always give them Dr Staffel’s number"- A.A. / Google / Aug 03, 2020
"Very thorough and professional. Excellent service. COVID procedures in place. Well done."- D.F. / Google / Jul 31, 2020
"Dr Staffel and his group are truly the best of the best in the dental field. My two children and I have been going to Dr Staffel for 20+ years and the dental care has always been exceptional."- D.D. / Yelp / May 26, 2020
What to Expect
Since gum disease can range from the mild to the severe, your dentist will carefully evaluate your mouth and gums to determine an appropriate course of treatment. One of the most common and easiest gum treatments used is scaling and root planning (SRP), which involves cleaning the surfaces of the roots of teeth to remove plaque and tartar from deep in the gum pockets. The tooth roots are also smoothed to remove any types of toxins. With scaling and root planing, the dentist may include antibiotic treatment to reduce further inflammation, if your case is more advanced. For the third stage of periodontal disease, the dentist will usually choose a surgical procedure: laser gum surgery, gum graft surgery, regenerative procedures (bone grafts), or pocket reduction procedures. All of the details will be discussed during a consultation before treatment.
After any type of periodontal treatment, it is crucial to maintain a good oral care routine to prevent recurrences of periodontal disease and to prolong the benefits of treatment. You should talk to your dentist about an appropriate home routine, including proper brushing, flossing, and anything else the dentist recommends. You should also come to the dentist’s office at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and at least once a year for a dental exam or as recommended by your dentist.
Most dental insurance companies will cover periodontal treatments for gum disease since it can be a serious medical condition. Since the amount of coverage varies, it’s important to check with your insurance carrier prior to any treatment. During your consultation, we can discuss out-of-pocket costs, payment methods, and available financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 2 Days
- How Long It Takes
- 1 - 2 Hours
Periodontal disease is nothing to put off. Gum disease can lead to serious health problems and painful, uncomfortable symptoms. If you have symptoms, such as bleeding, red, or inflamed gums, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We will use our experience and knowledge to diagnose and treat your oral health condition as quickly as possible.