Gum or periodontal disease is an infection of the supporting tissues surrounding your teeth. When you don’t practice good oral hygiene, plaque buildup will accumulate around your gum line.
This causes inflammation in the gums and if the plaque isn’t removed, it will harden into tartar (which is even harder to remove) within 72 hours. Tartar can’t be removed at home and requires professional removal.
Once gingivitis develops into periodontitis, the gums will begin to pull away from the teeth, forming periodontal pockets that collect food particles and bacteria. Over time, gum disease causes damage to your bone and soft tissues, eventually leading to loose teeth that can fall out. Contact our Long Branch dentist at Saka Dental Spa to schedule a consultation. Call (732) 800-9178 today!
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Dr. Saka will examine your teeth and take x-rays to rule out other oral health problems. Then, we will use a probe to measure the depths of your gum pockets to diagnose the stage of gum disease.
To make you more comfortable during your deep cleaning, we will numb your mouth and give you the option to be sedated.
A scaler will scrape plaque and tartar from below the gum line and around the tooth roots.
The tooth’s roots are smoothed out so the gums are easily reattached to the tooth.
We will ask you to come back for another routine check-up so we can ensure that the gum disease is completely gone. We will re-measure your gum pockets. You should return for regular periodontal cleanings if you have a history of gum disease.
A deep cleaning is more intense than a traditional cleaning and is the first-resort treatment for periodontitis. Dr. Saka will scrape plaque and tartar underneath the gum line, deep in the gum pockets. Then, your tooth’s roots will be smoothed out so the receded gums can be reattached to the teeth. This process can take up to 2 hours and can be split into one or two appointments.
When patients have advanced periodontitis, a deep cleaning may not be enough. Once gum disease advances into periodontitis, irreversible destruction of bone and soft tissue occurs. Severely receded gums cause tooth sensitivity, irritation, and even tooth loss. A gum graft replaces the missing gum tissue by surgically transferring soft tissue from elsewhere in the mouth.
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The early warning signs of gum disease are red, swollen, tender, and bleeding gums as well as bad breath. You may have mild gum recession in the early stages. However, if this is left untreated, gum recession will become more severe, your teeth will feel loose, and you may even suffer from tooth loss.
While insurance plans vary, most insurance plans follow a scale of coverage that cover preventative treatments like cleanings and x-rays up to 100% and restorative treatments at 60 to 80%. Since deep cleanings fall under restorative treatment, your insurance may cover 60 to 80% of the cost. Contact your insurance provider to learn more details.
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