1. WHO IS A PERIODONTIST?
A periodontist is a dental specialist who has the knowledge, training and experience to diagnose, treat, and prevent the different types of periodontal disease (gum disease).
2. WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by the buildup of plaque on the tooth’s surface, near the gum line. Daily brushing and flossing prevent plaque from building up, but are usually not enough because they can’t really reach all the spots in our mouths. Over time, plaque buildup will harden and become difficult to remove with regular home hygiene routines, which is why you are recommended to book a professional dental cleaning session every 6-8 months. If plaque and tartar buildup are not removed, your gums will become red, swollen and irritated, which is known as gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into the more serious level of gum disease, which is called periodontitis.
3. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
The most common symptoms of periodontal disease are:
- Red, swollen, sensitive gums
- Bleeding gums (when brushing or flossing)
- Gums that begin to pull away from the teeth
- Chronic bad breath
4. WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE GUM TREATMENT?
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. You might think that you don’t need treatment, but the longer you wait for treatment the more damage is done to your overall oral health. In severe cases, it might even go as far as bone loss, resulting in having loose teeth or teeth that fall off completely. If you plan on seeking treatment then, be prepared for complex, costly and time-consuming procedures.
5. WHERE DOES THE BONE FOR A BONE GRAFT COME FROM?
There are numerous sources for bone tissue. It can come from your own body, from a different body, like cow bone, or from a bone lab. Dr. Braun will explain your different options and recommend the most suitable one for you.
6. WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO RESUME WITH MY DAILY ROUTINE?
Periodontal treatment for simple cases does not take long and is very simple, which means you can go back to work right after treatment. If more complex work is done, like periodontal surgery, bone grafts, or sinus lifts, Dr. Braun might advise you to take the rest of the day off. You should be able to resume with your daily routine starting the following day, however there might be some post-operative instructions, like no heavy exercise, a modified diet and some pain-relief medication (if needed).
7. IS PERIODONTAL TREATMENT COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?
Periodontal treatment is often covered by dental insurance. However, you are advised to check with your insurance company prior to treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and card to your appointment.