What’s the difference between gingivitis and gum disease?
Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is a precursor to periodontitis, or gum disease. The inflammation begins when oral bacteria overwhelm periodontal tissues at the gum line, creating periodontal pockets that separate the tissue from your teeth. If not treated promptly, gingivitis will progress into more serious periodontitis, which could lead to gum and jawbone degradation that eventually causes tooth loss.
Will scaling and root planing help me reverse gum disease?
In many cases, gingivitis can be reversed with scaling and root planing (known as deep cleaning) and a strict routine of good hygiene and preventative dental care. However, if the condition progresses into periodontitis, then it might no longer be reversible, and will have to be controlled through regular periodontal maintenance.
What signs might warn me of periodontal disease early?
Swelling and redness are common signs of gingivitis and gum disease, as well as occasional bleeding of the gums when brushing, flossing, or eating. Other symptoms can include chronic bad breath, tenderness around your teeth, pain and discomfort when chewing, receding gum tissues, and more. The best way to detect gingivitis early is to maintain a regular schedule of preventative checkups and cleanings with your general dentist.
What is the cost of scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)?
The average cost of scaling and root planing is $200 per quadrant or higher depending on the dentist. But with a general dentist in Doctors Network, the cost is $75 per quadrant.
What is the cost of pocket reduction surgery?
The average cost of pocket reduction surgery is $500 per quadrant or higher depending on the dentist. But with a general dentist in Doctors Network, the cost is only $65 - $100 per quadrant.
What is the cost of a crown lengthening?
The average cost of crown lengthening is upwards of $1000 per tooth or higher depending on the dentist. But with a general dentist in Doctors Network, the cost is only $250.