Gum Disease Treatment IN LAS VEGAS & HENDERSON, NV
ANTHEM PERIO, LAS VEGAS' CHOICE FOR ADVANCED PERIODONTICS
Approximately 50% of adults are currently suffering from some form of gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammatory condition of the gums and bone surrounding caused by bacteria attacking the tissues around your teeth. Because symptoms appear gradually, many patients are not aware they have developed gum disease, and the issue is not identified unless by a periodontist during a regular cleaning or periodontal maintenance exam.
Early indications of gum disease include gums that bleed while flossing, gums that have begun to recede, swollen or bright red gums, and/or halitosis. Indications that gum disease has advanced to a more severe stage include teeth that have become loosened or fallen out and the deterioration of the jawbone. In addition to damaging the overall functionality of your teeth and diminishing the aesthetic appearance of your smile, studies indicate that gum disease may also play a role in systemic inflammation, which puts you at an increased risk of developing serious health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and/or dementia.
Risk Factors for Gum Disease
Although gum disease can affect anyone, risk factors that put an individual at greater risk of developing gum disease include:
- Improper or insufficient oral hygiene/self-care
- Genetic predisposition
- Tobacco users
- Individuals with fillings or crowns that have deep grooves or poor contouring
- Individuals taking certain blood pressure medications, steroids, and/or oral contraceptives
- Individuals with poor dietary habits
- Individuals with high levels of stress
- Certain blood pressure medications, oral contraceptives, and steroids
- Individuals with Aids
- Individuals with Diabetes
- Individuals with Down Syndrome
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
An initial consultation and general examination will be necessary to determine the underlying cause of gum disease and what treatment option is right for you. During this visit, we will review your health history, discuss your oral health concerns and goals, and examine your teeth, gums, and cheeks to determine your overall health and identify any underlying issues. Following this examination, we will explain available treatment options and answer any questions you have. Available treatment option for treating gum disease include deep cleaning, scaling and root planing, gum grafting, Pinhole Surgical Technique and bone grafting, to name a few. Which treatment option is right for you will depend on your unique oral health needs and the severity of your case.
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How to Prevent Gum Disease from Developing
One of the most important steps you can take to prevent gum disease from developing is to take consistent good care of your oral health. Make it a habit to brush your teeth twice daily (at a minimum) for at least two minutes each time. Also, remember to brush your tongue and cheeks, as well as behind the lower and upper front teeth. Flossing at least once a day and being mindful of the type of foods and beverages you consume are also important steps to maintaining good oral health and preserving the integrity of your implants. Finally, continuing to schedule regular checkups every six months (or more if necessary) is the most important step you can take to maintain your oral health and identify and correct issues before they develop into something more significant. By following these best practices, you will significantly reduce your risk of developing gum disease and continue to enjoy good oral health!
Cost of Treating Gum Disease
The cost of having a tooth extraction is contingent on a variety of factors, including the severity of your case, how many teeth are being extracted, additional procedures being performed along with the tooth extraction, whether dental sedation is used, and your dental insurance plan. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we are committed to helping you maximize your insurance reimbursement so you can receive optimal care, which is why we will file your claim and handle your paperwork. Please be aware, though, that any remaining balance following coverage is your responsibility to cover. Though not required, we do offer a discount for patients who pay their bill in full (cash, check, or credit) prior to treatment.
Before scheduling your appointment, we will provide an estimated total cost and answer any questions you have concerning payment plan options, such as Care Credit which offer interest-free payment plans for six-to-twelve-month periods and/or a payment arrangement made in advance with our office.
For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
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Fortunately, gum disease can typically be halted and reversed, especially if caught early enough. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, your oral health is our number one goal. We are committed to providing you with the comprehensive periodontal support you need to continue enjoying a bright, healthy smile. To learn more about treating and preventing gum disease, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at (702) 270-4600. We look forward to providing you with quality care tailored to your unique needs!