Gum (periodontal) disease is a condition of inflammation in the gums, which may result in serious damage to your oral health. There are several stages of periodontal disease that range from mild to advanced. The very first phase is gingivitis, which is brought on by a plaque buildup under the gumline. Without treatment, gingivitis may develop into the next phase, called periodontitis, which impacts the fibers and bone that support your tooth roots. Advanced periodontitis is the most serious phase of periodontal disease, which may cause loose or lost teeth. To take care of gum disease, Ron Barry, D.M.D. provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatments based on the seriousness of the disease, such as antibiotics, scaling and root planing, gum surgery, as well as extractions. When you have symptoms of a periodontal infection, get in touch with our office in Del Mar, CA to schedule an examination with seasoned dentist Dr. Ron Barry.
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Gum disease in its earliest stage, gingivitis, isn't easy to discover by yourself, which is the reason why it's very important to schedule yearly dental examinations at Ron Barry, D.M.D. This provides Dr. Barry a chance to check your gums so he can recognize and address the problem before it affects your mouth and general wellness. As periodontal disease gets worse, signs will include swollen or red gums, bleeding due to regular flossing and brushing, a separated or receded gumline, and chronic halitosis (bad breath). At the subsequent phases of periodontal disease, you can also feel pain when chewing and sensitivity to cold and hot foods. It's necessary to schedule an appointment if you're seeing any of these signs so the disease can be corrected before it spreads to your whole body.
What to Expect
Treatment for periodontal disease will be based on the seriousness of the disease. If Dr. Barry determines you have periodontal disease, he will discuss his suggestions for your treatment. In cases caught early, scaling and root planing (SRP) is usually done to clean out your gum pockets. In more serious cases, antibiotics can be taken along with numerous SRP procedures. Serious cases of gum disease generally need gum surgery, like pocket reduction or gum grafting.
Based upon the stage of gum disease and treatment program, your recovery period will be different. You might need to make several appointments at Ron Barry, D.M.D. to completely address your periodontal infection. After your dental health is restored, you need to continue attending regular dental exams and cleanings at Ron Barry, D.M.D. It's also advisable to keep a daily home dental hygiene regimen, including flossing and brushing. Dr. Barry may suggest an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to reduce your chance of getting another periodontal infection.
Prices for gum disease therapy will vary, depending upon the seriousness of the illness, as well as the processes required. If you are using dental insurance, then our office will talk to your insurance provider to determine what they pay and if there'll be any out-of-pocket expenses. For patients with no insurance, Ron Barry, D.M.D. accepts many payments and we will be able to help you find medical financing. Questions about costs? Please speak to Dr. Barry during your consultation. Not going to the dentist due to fiscal concerns can lead to larger problems and much more costly therapies.
Plan Your Procedure
Periodontal disease will cause more damage if you don't get the appropriate therapy so it's necessary to get expert help when any signs occur. At Ron Barry, D.M.D., we work with you to renew your gums and avoid future cases of periodontal disease. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry, get in touch with our office in Del Mar, CA.