New Issues With Periodontal Disease

periodontal diseaseIf periodontal disease is not treated properly, it may cause some newly discovered problems. Some by-products of the bacteria in gum disease may cause replication of the virus in patients with HIV to replicate. This is according to research from Case Western Reserve University.

We’ve been told that people with HIV are more at risk with periodontal disease. HIV patients with periodontal disease have higher levels of the HIV virus than those HIV patients with healthy gums.

Read more about this interesting study found on Dentistry Today here: Periodontal Disease Could Lead To New Issues.

Ways To Improve Your Patient’s Periodontal Health And Your Profits

periodontal healthFor many dentists, the thought of having a patient that needs some extra periodontal help isn’t always a the good feeling of being able to help that it should be.  Many patients have limited insurance coverage and it could mean losing money for the dentist. While an ideal periodontal treatment plan and payment could mean bonuses for all the team members, patients and insurance companies aren’t always willing to fork over the payment.  In an article from Dentistry Today, you can read about ways to improve your patient’s periodontal health as well as your practice’s financial health.

Prioritize The Assessment – The two major reasons that periodontal patients fall through the cracks are the financial barrier and also inadequate assessment.  Many hygienists don’t recognize when the patient needs extra appointments for periodontal care. The periodontal screening exam should be at the top of the list for every new patient who shows any of the warning signs, such as, receding gums, bleeding gums or gingival inflammation.

Use Effective Communication – When you know the facts, you need to deliver them to the patient effectively in order to seal the deal on optimal care. Many patients will need to be educated about the state of their oral condition. Describe what periodontal disease is and how it affects the gums, teeth and bone.  Mention to them about how their oral health affects their overall health.  Having a full disclosure of the facts will help patients and they will appreciate your honesty. Be a good listener as well as a good communicator. Patients want to know that you are aware and care about their concerns.

Insist On Early Intervention – When you diagnose periodontal disease, don’t delay with treatments.  Early intervention can stop the aggressive disease and avoid surgery. Keep seeing the patient every 6 weeks for reassessment.

Push For Excellent Home Care – While patients only come in every 3 or 4 months, what they do in between appointments at home is super important. Help them with suggestions for appropriate toothpaste, mouth rinse and cleaning aids for them to use at home.

Practice Appropriate Insurance Billing – Many practices try to bill insurance as regular check ups so that they can get more money.  The problem is that you are actually losing out on the periodontal charges that insurance companies will cover.  Be sure to bill appropriately so that you aren’t selling yourself short.

Use Positive Reinforcement – Periodontal disease is not fun for patients so be sure to let them know when things are going well. Don’t judge them, and allow them to feel good about their accomplishments.  Help them set goals and make a big deal about it when they achieve these goals. Appreciate the baby steps they take and compliment them.

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Gum Surgery

gum surgeryIf you are diagnosed with periodontal disease or gum disease, there are in essence two possibilities to treat it: Traditional gum surgery or LANAP laser gum treatment.

With traditional gum surgery, a scalpel is used to clear away some of the gum tissue in order to expose the roots of the teeth and jawbone.  This allows the dentist to clear away all the tarter from the roots and view the bone that supports the tooth.  If there are any bone defects, the bone will be reshaped.  The gum tissue is then replaced and stitched back into spot.

In LANAP laser gum treatment there are no scalpels or stitches.  The laser fiber is placed among the teeth in the periodontal pocket.  The laser then gets rid of the scar tissue lining the gums and kills the bacteria.  The roots are cleaned using an ultrasonic device.

The big difference is that LANAP promotes regeneration to reduce the periodontal pocket depths while traditional gum surgery gets rid of the gums to achieve healthy periodontal pocket depth. LANAP laser gum treatment is less invasive and the recovery time is less.  There is usually less pain and less chance of infection.

Be sure to talk with your periodontist about what the best option for you will be.

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Periodontal Disease Linked To Kidney Disease

periodontal diseasePeriodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the teeth and gums.  In a recent study of blacks with normal kidney function, those who suffered from periodontal disease were four times more likely to develop kidney disease than those without.

Because periodontal disease can be prevented and treated, it is an important part of preventing kidney disease as well.  To read about this study on Medical News Today, click here.


Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Have you ever heard about periodontal plastic surgery?  Your gums are what protect your teeth from disease and help to hold your teeth in place.  But some people don’t like the way their gums and teeth look.  There are some procedures that can be done surgically to remedy these issues.

Gum tissue loss20945534-beauty-portrait-portrait-of-cute-happy-young-brunette-girl-isolated, or gum recession, can cause tooth sensitivity and can cause the teeth to look too long. Soft tissue (gum) grafts can be designed to cover exposed roots which will make your teeth less sensitive, and reduce the possibility of root cavities.  It will also make your smile look longer.

If you have the opposite problem, the gum line appears to be creeping down over the teeth, making them appear shorter, crown lengthening can correct this. This is done by re-contouring your gums to the proper height and leave you with a more attractive smile.

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