Gum Disease Treatment in Winston-Salem

What is periodontal disease (gum disease)? Patient Flossing with Healthy Gum Tissues

Periodontal disease is a progressive disease caused by an infection in your gums and tissues that hold your teeth in place. Periodontal disease can cause bad breath, loose teeth, lost teeth, and gum recession. 

How could I benefit from periodontal disease treatment?

There are many benefits to undergoing gum disease treatment, also known as periodontal therapy:

  • Prevent losing teeth later in life
  • Improve bad breath
  • Healthier appearance of gum tissue
  • Avoid dentures and partials
  • Lowers risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Regain the ability to clean your teeth and gums at home

How do I know if I have gum disease? Dr. Nelson and Wife Happy Picnic

We evaluate your gums at every cleaning appointment. Dr. Benton and Dr. Nelson always evaluate their patients for gum disease during their cleaning appointments in their Winston-Salem office. Their entire dental team is trained to evaluate for signs of gum disease.

Other factors that could be signs of gum disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Chronically bleeding gums
  • Gum recession
  • Mobile or loose teeth
  • Tobacco use
  • Lack of regular dental cleanings

More Information on Periodontal Disease

It’s a chronic disease. Periodontal disease is usually a chronic, slowly progressing disease caused by bacterial infection around your teeth, gums, and bone.

The majority of us will get it. Over half the US population over 30 years old is affected.

Gum disease isn’t painful. In most cases, it progresses slowly and painlessly, which is why it is often ignored until the severe stages.

It causes damage to bone and gum tissues. Gum disease will destroy the bone and gum tissue that supports your teeth and will eventually lead to loss of teeth.

It is curable. Luckily, the cure for gum disease has been known for many years and in the vast majority of cases does not require medication, surgery, or painful procedures.

What do I do if I have gum disease?

Seek Treatment 

The good news is that gum disease usually progresses slowly and is very treatable!

Get Customized Treatment to Stop Its Progression

If caught in its early stages, Drs. Benton and Nelson will work with their hygienists to create a treatment plan to halt the progression of the disease.

Receive Deep Cleanings from Your Dental Hygienist

The treatment for gum disease is often referred to as a “deep cleaning.” Dental hygienists are trained to perform “deep cleanings” for periodontal disease treatment which removes bacteria and debris from your teeth, gums, and bone.

Practice Excellent Home Care 

Most importantly, you will be instructed on proper home care to prevent the disease from coming back. 

Ensure a Healthy Smile for a Lifetime  

The most important thing to remember is that most gum diseases are curable and will allow you to keep your teeth for the rest of your life!

What if I am nervous about having a deep cleaning?

We use the most effective, pain-free, and up-to-date numbing techniques. During any treatment, Drs. Nelson and Benton pride themselves on using state-of-the-art techniques to deliver painless numbing. We utilize the latest and most effective techniques for anesthesia. 

Calming nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available. For patients with anxiety, nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” will help eliminate nervousness and promote a more calm, tranquil state of mind. 

We offer stress-free sedation dentistryDr. Nelson is one of the only general dentists in the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad area who is trained and licensed in all forms of sedation dentistry. Patients are always given the option to choose dental sedation during their procedures to guarantee a stress-free experience. In fact, most patients say that going to the dentist was never easier and that they have no memory of the procedure at all!

Can I afford a deep cleaning?

We accept and file all dental insurance policies. Our office provides excellent care at an affordable price. We accept and file all dental insurance policies and will fight on your behalf so that you receive the maximum benefit.

Financial plans are available. We offer financing plans that allow you to fit your needs into your budget.

Discounts for patients without dental insurance (cash pay). We also offer discounts to patients without dental insurance or for those who prefer to pay in cash.