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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Common Myths About Periodontal Treatments


Posted on 7/4/2022 by Dr. Boustany
Common Myths About Periodontal TreatmentsLike many out there, you may have a few misconceptions about periodontal treatments. You may think that they are painful, expensive, and time-consuming. But the truth is that periodontal treatments are none of those things! This blog post will dispel some of the most common myths about periodontal treatments.

What Is Periodontal Disease?


The gums and bones around the teeth are affected by periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. There are two main types of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis refers to a mild case of gum disease that might get reversed with good oral hygiene. Periodontitis is a more severe form of gum disease that needs therapy to avoid additional gum and bone damage. There are a variety of periodontal treatments available, depending on the severity of the disease.

What Are the Common Periodontal Treatments?


Common treatments include scaling and root planing, which involves removing tartar from the teeth and smoothing out the roots to help prevent bacteria from attaching; gum surgery, which is used to remove infected tissue; and bone grafting, which is used to replace bone that has been lost due to periodontal disease. In some cases, artificial teeth may also be needed to replace those lost due to periodontal disease.

Common Myths About Periodontal Treatments


Many people believe that periodontal treatments are painful and expensive. However, these myths are not based in reality. Most periodontal treatments are quick and easy, and they can be performed right in the dentist's office. The cost of treatment will vary depending on the severity of the problem, but it is often covered by dental insurance. Periodontal treatments are an essential part of maintaining a healthy mouth, and they should not be avoided due to misconceptions.

If you have any concerns about periodontal treatment, talk to our dentist. They will be able to explain the process and help you understand what to expect.
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