Periodontist in Brooklyn - What is a periodontist?

What exactly is a periodontist?
A periodontists treats most the 4 main periodontal issues: gingivitis, periodontitis, necrosis and periodontitis due to systemic disease. They specialize in the treatment and prevention of periodontitis and gingivitis as well as severe periodontitis. They use the latest techniques such as LANAP surgery, scaling and deplaning as well and pocket reduction to perform these cosmetic procedures. They can also perform gingival gum grafts and dental implants.

What are the main types of periodontitis that a periodontist will treat?

Periodontists mostly treat the two most common types of periodontitis although there are 4. They are chronic periodontitis and aggressive periodontitis. There is also Necrotizing periodontitis and Periodontitis caused by systemic disease. Does medicaid cover periodontal work and do insurance companies cover periodontal work.

Does medicaid cover periodontal work and do insurance companies cover periodontal work?

Gum Disease Treatment Cost

This is a complicated questions with no exact rule. Medicaid will cover procedures in the US for adults but can vary state to state. It is important to check with your provider for the out-of-pocket expense. Also whether the patient has  gingivitis or periodontal disease is also a contributing cost factor.

What is the average cost of periodontal treatment in 2017?

Gum Disease Treatment Cost Treatment for periodontal disease can vary but it is not cheap, due to the fact that it is highly specialized and time consuming. If you ending up paying $3000 to $4500 for a treatment this is normal. DPT® and LANAP® surgery may cost more. The cost of treating your gum disease issue will be dependent on how severe your gum infection is. It will also depend on whether the patient has gingivitis or periodontal disease.. 

Gingival Grafts - Cost of Gum Tissue Graft

This can be an extensive procedure due to the fact a graft may be taken from the roof of your mouth. This requires skill and experience and it may cover one or two teeth. Other factors that may affect the price are how extensive the gum recession is and if a tissue graft from your mouth was used or Alloderm was used.

What can I do about bleeding gums?

If a patient has bleeding gums when they are brushing or flossing then they may have gum disease. There are three stages of gum disease being gingivitis, periodontitis and severe periodontitis.

When the plaque that is not removed becomes hard  tartar will form (mostly bacteria). The most common cause of gum disease is due to a build up of plaque at the gum line. When this happens a patients gums can become inflamed and they have gingivitis. Once this plaque below the gumline become hardened it will form tartar which is mostly bacteria-this can cause bleeding and usually leads to the more advanced form of gum disease called periodontal disease.

Do periodontists place dental implants?

Yes periodontists can place dental implants just like oral surgeons and their education and expertise allows them to do so. Periodontists will form part of your treatment plan if your dentist has decided that you need to see a periodontist. They are uniquely qualified to treat bone loss, place dental implants, repair gum tissue, perform gingival grafts, sinus lifts, ridge augmentation and treat all types of periodontal disease.

Is LANAP surgery expensive?

Yes it can be.

In what way does LANAP surgery differ from other gum treatments?
less bleeding
  • There is less bleeding
  • There is less time in surgery
  • The healing is faster and recovery time is quicker
  • elimination of bacteria and reduced inflammation within the mouth
  • There is no need for the removal of gum tissue
  • When bacteria in the mouth is eliminated there is less inflammation in the mouth
  • It is safe for patients that have medications.

What is periodontal scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing is a procedure performed by periodontists to treat patients that have chronic gum disease. It allows for bacteria to be removed below the gumline, this can prevent bone loss. Bone loss can looses teeth and make medical conditions complicated, such as diabetes and heart disease. Scaling and root planing is also known as deep cleaning.

Why would a patient need root planing and scaling?

A patients teeth may have become slightly detached from their gums due to plaque and the build up of tartar. This bacteria can cause your gums to become inflamed - when this happens spaces form and they are called pockets. Once this forms, if left untreated it cannot be removed with regular brushing and can lead to bone loss and tooth loss.


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