Teeth Cleaning in East Longmeadow, and Hampden MA
You know you should have spent more time brushing and flossing, but what now? Every time you brush your gums bleed. They look red, swollen and are a bit painful as well. You are on your way to Gum Disease, a potentially serious condition. Periodontic treatment is crucial and our dentist is definitely the answer.
What are Gingivitis and Periodontitis?
Gum disease is manifested in two forms:
Gingivitis The earliest stage of gum disease, causing an inflammation and some bleeding of the gums caused by plaque buildup at the gumline. Gingivitis causes gum inflammation but no bone loss.
Periodontitis The second stage where the supporting bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place are damaged causing bone damage and loss.
How Does Gum Disease progress?
Periodontitis is a common complaint affecting approximately 50% of U.S. adults over the age of 30 years. It occurs in people who have preexisting gingivitis which is itself caused by the accumulation of bacteria at the gum line (dental plaque). Your gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line, which traps food and plaque. If left untreated, plaque calcifies to form dental calculus. Dental calculus must be removed completely by the dentist in order to treat gingivitis and periodontitis. Proper dental treatment and improved home care can usually help prevent further damage. If left untreated, bone supporting your teeth can be destroyed, causing your teeth to shift or loosen.
How do I Prevent Gum Disease?
Daily oral hygiene is vital in preventing the onset and growth of gum disease. Brushing and flossing keep teeth free from plaque-generating bacteria. In addition it is important to visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and examinations.
What is the cost of a teeth cleaning in East Longmeadow, MA?
The average cost of a teeth cleaning in East Longmeadow, MA is $150. This is for a regular cleaning. Prices may vary based on the type of cleaning you need, the treating dentist, and how long your cleaning procedure may take.
Does Dental Insurance pay for teeth cleaning procedures?
Most insurance plans cover the whole portion of a regular cleaning, but if you are in need of a deep cleaning, your dental insurance plan will likely only cover a portion of your procedure. Our insurance specialists will check with your plan to verify your benefits and let you know exactly what is covered.
When is a deep cleaning needed?
A deep dental cleaning is performed when you have both gum disease and bone loss around your teeth structures. The filaments of plaque and tartar need to be removed from the root structure of your teeth, and you are normally numbed with local anesthetic for this procedure.
If you are in the East Longmeadow or Hampden, MA area, and are in need of a teeth cleaning, come see the cleaning experts at East Longmeadow Family Dental Center. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our office to examine the health of your mouth. We hope to see you and your family soon!