As an experienced dentist in Clearwater, we know firsthand, the single largest cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease (gum disease). It often results from excessive plaque buildup (bacterial film) leading to infection and inflammation of the gums, i.e. Gingivitis. Regular checkups and cleaning will assist in the prevention and early diagnosis of this gum disease, which is key to periodontal treatment should it arise. Contact Dr. Caputo in Palm Harbor for a checkup, today.
Up to 95% of adults have some form of Gingivitis, the most common form of gum disease. Preventative dental care centers around good, daily oral hygiene, particularly flossing, which prevents plaque buildup. Symptoms of Gingivitis include red, swollen gums which bleed easily, but may not necessarily cause pain or discomfort.
If left untreated, Gingivitis can progress to Periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease which often results in numerous, more serious oral health problems, including tooth loss, requiring far more advanced and often invasive treatment.
While most gum disease is caused by excessive plaque (bacteria) buildup followed by infection, other factors contributing to or causing periodontal disease (gum disease) may include:
Regardless of the cause, determining the existence and severity of periodontal disease requires an examination by a dentist, including x-rays.
Periodontal treatment for the most common and early stages of gum disease are simple and generally require no invasive procedures. In most cases treatment for early stage gum disease can be accomplished in one follow up visit to the dentist, following an initial examination and diagnosis. For further information on the most common diagnosis and treatments for the various forms of gum disease refer to the Course of Treatment section below.
Some common symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease include:
It is particularly true with gum disease that early detection and treatment,i.e. periodontal therapy, can prevent far more serious, complicated and costly care later on.
The first step to care for this problem is to have an examination. Treatment of gum disease is almost always done in a follow up visit given the vast difference in time required to do the most common treatment, various type of cleanings. Advanced stage gum disease will likely require multiple visits.
If you feel you may have gum disease or wish to undertake a course of preventative care or treatment, then you should take advantage of Dr. Caputo’s “Special Offer” of $96 for a Comprehensive Examination and Consultation. The examination provides a series of five (5) x-rays, facial photographs, and an examination and consultation meeting with Dr. Caputo.
Dr. Caputo and his staff pride themselves on their ability to schedule pointments quickly and promptly, regardless of whether a patient is new or returning.
The most common diagnosis and treatments for different stages ofGingivitis and Periodontitis follow.
Please see Dr. Caputo’s schedule of fees for the most often used gum disease treatments.
While the treatments described above are sufficient to treat most instances of gum disease, when left untreated, and if other health issues exist, severe complications from gum disease can result.
While there are too many forms of advanced gum disease to discuss in this forum, the result can be destruction of both tooth and gum tissue in affected areas. In these instances reconstruction is required to remedy the situation.
As stated earlier it is true with gum disease that early detection and treatment are particularly important in preventing often avoidable, extensive dental care.
The most effective forms of gum disease prevention and follow-up care can be accomplished by doing the following.
Before starting a procedure, we encourage our patients to meet directly with Dr. Caputo. During this meeting, Dr. Caputo will ask important questions about your oral health and what you are hoping to accomplish for your smile with this upcoming treatment. From this conversation, a personalized treatment plan can be provided, which will ensure that your treatment is perfect for your unique situation.
Comprehensive Examination & Initial Consultation with Dr. Caputo. five x-rays, oral and facial photographs. Includes a review of your general and oral health history, complete with a treatment and/or personal care plan.
To those who walk through our door we pledge care. Our Mission and Goal is to provide honest, comprehensive and comfortable treatments. The focus of our attention is the satisfaction of our patients needs and desires to the best of our abilities. Commitment to our common goal of oral health and loyalty to one another is both given and needed to reach these highest of goals.Dr. Paul Caputo Meet Dr. Caputo
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