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Periodontal Care

Periodontal Treatment in Albuquerque, NM

If you are experiencing periodontal problems, don’t worry – you are not alone. Unfortunately, periodontal disease is one of the most common dental problems in the United States. Fortunately, treatment is available to help restore your teeth and improve your oral health. At Essenmacher Family Dental, we offer periodontal treatments and other dental services for all your oral care needs. Contact our office to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment with a dental professional today!

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a condition that affects the gums and tissues surrounding the teeth. It is caused by bacteria that accumulate on the teeth and gums, leading to inflammation, tooth decay, and eventually periodontal loss. In addition, periodontal disease can lead to other health issues, including heart disease, if left untreated.

Signs of Gum Disease

Some of the most common signs of gum disease include:
  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Gum recession along the gum line
  • Persistent bad breath or taste in your mouth
  • Tooth loss
  • Teeth that feel loose or move when you chew
  • Tooth sensitivity

Risk Factors that Cause Gum Disease

Many factors can increase your risk for periodontal disease, including:
  • Smoking or using tobacco products
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Crooked teeth or teeth that are difficult to clean
  • Bridges or dentures that don’t fit properly
  • Diabetes
  • If you’ve been diagnosed with early stages of gum disease called gingivitis

How do dentists treat periodontal disease?

Our dental team in Albuquerque, NM, provides an effective gum disease treatment for our patients. Some of the most common ways to treat gum disease include:

Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) Therapy

SRP is a standard gum disease treatment that involves the removal of tartar (calculus) and bacteria from the teeth and tooth roots. This is usually done with a scaler, which vibrates and breaks up the tartar. Once the tartar has been removed, your dentist will smooth out the root surfaces to help prevent future buildup. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment that can save your gum tissue and teeth.

Antibacterial Mouthwashes and Medications

Mouthwash and medication is an easy daily periodontal maintenance treatment to prevent or reverse early signs of disease. In addition, mouthwashes and medications help control the bacteria in your mouth and reduce inflammation. These are usually used in combination with other periodontal treatments such as SRP.

Periodontal Surgery

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat periodontal disease. This can involve pocket reduction surgery, bone grafting, or tissue regeneration. Your dentist will discuss all of your options with you and recommend the best course of treatment based on the severity of your periodontal disease.

Benefits of Periodontal Treatment

Treatment can help to improve your oral health and reduce your risk for other health problems, so it’s important to address periodontal disease early before your healthy tissue and oral health is severely impacted. Some of the benefits of early and advanced periodontal treatment can include:
  • Reducing gum inflammation
  • Preventing tooth decay and tooth loss
  • Improving your gum tissue and overall oral health
  • Reducing pocket depths
  • Eliminating plaque and tartar buildup on teeth and freshening breath
  • Creating a more attractive natural smile
  • Reducing the risk for heart disease, stroke, and other health problems associated with periodontal disease

How much can gum disease treatment cost?

The cost of periodontal treatment varies depending on your condition and type of treatment. However, most periodontal treatments are relatively affordable. Once you have spoken with your dentist, check your dental insurance provider to see what costs and out-of-pocket costs may be associated with treatment. Also, see what payment options are available through your dentist.

Periodontal Treatment in Albuquerque, NM

Don’t wait for tooth pain and periodontal issues. Essenmacher Family Dental specializes in oral health and ensures you leave with a healthy mouth and good oral hygiene habits. As a woman-owned dental practice, we take extra pride in providing the best treatment. Our Albuquerque dental office is available to schedule your first appointment. Check out what our actual patients are saying about us and see why our dental practice is the best in the Albuquerque, NM, area. We hope for the opportunity to care for you and your family’s dental health from now and years to come. Contact Essenmacher Family Dental and set an appointment via phone at 505-881-0334 or online today!