Frequently Asked Periodontal Questions - Farmington, CT
Do You Have Periodontal Questions? We Have Answers!
Periodontics covers a wide range of specialty dental treatments, so naturally, we get a lot of different questions from our periodontal patients every day about gum disease, dental implants, and so on. If there’s anything you’ve been wondering about periodontal health or specialty dental services, check this page first to see if we’ve answered your question below. If not, don’t worry; we’re more than happy to take any questions over the phone or during a consultation, so go ahead and reach out to us.
How Will I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
Symptoms of gum disease include red and swollen gums, bleeding when you brush or floss, teeth that look longer than normal or become loose, large spaces forming between the teeth, a receding gum line, and chronic bad breath. Schedule a consultation right away if you notice these warning signs; gum disease can contribute to severe health issues if left untreated.
How Often Will I Need Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that needs to be performed multiple times throughout the year to prevent existing periodontal disease from spreading further. Many people have scaling and root planing done every 3 to 4 months, but it ultimately depends on the severity of your specific case.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
That’s a question that can only be answered after a consultation where your oral health and jawbone are thoroughly evaluated. Preliminary procedures can be scheduled as needed. Signs that you’re a candidate for dental implants include:
- Gums and teeth that are in good health.
- A sufficient level of bone density in the jaw.
- A strong oral hygiene regimen.
- Not smoking.
- Being willing to commit to a process that lasts several months.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
No, your mouth will be numbed during the surgery, and sedation can be used to put you in a state where you don’t experience any pain. Some discomfort will be felt afterwards, but it will only last a few days. You can take medication to manage it.
I’m Scared of Treatment, What Should I Do?
We understand that many people are nervous or frightened before their treatment. In addition to the regular accommodations that we use to keep our patients comfortable, we can administer oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide sedation. Many patients find that this helps eliminate their fears, making their visits less stressful and even enjoyable.
Will You Take My Insurance?
We take many different insurance plans. Our team can confirm whether we accept your current insurance carrier and clarify the kind of coverage you can expect to receive.