Periodontal Care at Ryba Dentistry
There's no question that practicing good oral hygiene habits is essential to maintaining healthy, beautiful teeth. But did you also know that caring for your gums is just as important? It's true: strong gums play a critical role in keeping your mouth and body healthy for a lifetime. At Ryba Dentistry, we are committed to helping you keep your gums in tip-top shape by diagnosing, treating, and preventing periodontal disease. Here's what you should know about maintaining healthy gums before scheduling your next appointment with Dr. Ryba and his compassionate team.
Overview of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is a condition that affects the soft tissues that hold a person's teeth in place. When plaque is not removed from the surface of a person's teeth through regular brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar buildup that is impossible to remove at home. Plaque and tartar are filled with bacteria that cause an inflammatory response in the gums, which can lead to a number of dental problems, including:
● Bleeding, tender, or inflamed gums
● Gum recession
● Bad breath
● Loose teeth
● Teeth sensitivity
During your routine dental exams and cleanings at Ryba Dentistry, Dr. Ryba will examine your gum health by measuring the pockets around each tooth. Strong gums should fit tightly around your tooth and should attach to the tooth 1 to 3 mm below the gum line. When a person has periodontal disease, these pockets become loose and wear away, making it easier for plaque to build up and harden over time.
Periodontal Dental Services
If Dr. Ryba determines that you do, in fact, have gum disease, he will likely recommend that you have a deep dental cleaning. Deep dental cleanings are highly effective at combating plaque and tartar buildup that can be found on the surface of your teeth, particularly around the pockets of your gum line. During this process, a dental hygienist will use specialized teeth scaling instruments to thoroughly remove any plaque and tartar buildup. They will also apply an antimicrobial agent to reduce the presence of bacteria.
How Much Does Periodontal Care Cost?
The cost of periodontal care will depend on your dental insurance plan and/or the number of sites needing treatment. To learn more about what your specific dental insurance policy covers, please contact our office.
Ryba Dentistry Can Help You Prevent Gum Disease
Even if your gums look healthy to you, you could be at risk of developing gum disease. This is especially true if it's been a while since you've had your teeth professionally cleaned. At Ryba Dentistry, we are proud to offer judgment-free, professional care to every patient we have the pleasure of assisting. It's time to make your gum health a priority. Call the friendly team at Ryba Dentistry today to schedule your next dental exam and professional cleaning to protect your oral and overall health for years to come. Your gums will thank you!