Restoring the Health of Your Mouth
why choose GEDCfor Periodontal Treatment Services
Periodontics is a highly specialized area of dentistry that treats the area “around” a tooth, including the gums, bone, and supporting ligaments. While modern dentistry has given us healthier, brighter, straighter smiles, more than half of American adults still suffer from gum disease. A healthy-looking smile is often mistakenly equated with good overall oral health, but this is not always the case.
Regular visits with your doctor are the best way of ensuring that your mouth is truly healthy, with access anytime, anywhere to all the periodontal services you need under the same network for easier care. Our dentists are leaders in the field of gum disease treatment — catching it sooner and treating it before it worsens — and utilize modern technology, techniques, and educate you through continuing education to make your visits comfortable. We offer affordable treatment plans — such as cash pay, insurance, financing, and CareCredit — to help you live a healthy lifestyle, and Be Your Own Kind of Great.
What to Expect at an Appointment
- A consultation is provided, and X-rays are done, if needed
- Treatment and the post-operative recovery process are discussed; this includes diet limitations and possible bruising
- A team member will set up an appointment and go over financing options or insurance with you
Whether your dental care is for your family, a new smile for your next interview, braces for your future, or dentures to eat your favorite food, ﬁnancing your dental care at Great Expressions Dental Centers is as easy as smiling.
CALCULATE YOUR PAYMENT
During your initial consultation, your orthodontists will be able to determine your cost of treatment based on your specific needs. There are many factors that affect your cost of treatment, including the complexity and severity of your problem and the required length of treatment. The average cost of braces ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, with the national average at about $5,000.
There are many different agreements between insurance carriers and their subscribers; each contract provides a different benefit. Orthodontic insurance usually has a lifetime maximum for orthodontic services. This benefit is paid as a percentage of the orthodontic fee (diagnostic records, initial fee, monthly payments, etc.) until the benefit maximum has been reached. Contact your insurance company directly to find out more information regarding your orthodontic benefits.
A FSA allows you to set aside a portion of your paycheck to pay for eligible medical expenses. This is deducted from your paycheck, not subjected to payroll taxes, and transferred directly into your FSA.
Health Spending Amount
A HSA is a pre-tax benefit account used to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision care expenses that aren't covered by your insurance plan.
YOUR ESTIMATED MONTHLY PAYMENT
This payment tool is provided to create an estimate of your monthly cost of orthodontic treatment and is provided to you "as-is." Payments cannot exceed estimated treatment months. For actual treatment costs, please schedule a consultation with one of our board certified orthodontists.
When you finance with CareCredit, you get the dental treatment you need, with zero down or minimal up-front investment.
We Accept Your Insurance
Great Expressions is In-Network with most providers, and participates with PPO and DHMO programs.
Smile Protection Dental Plan
The Great Expressions Dental Plan offers dental discounts without deductibles or precertification limitations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is gum disease?
Periodontal disease (commonly referred to as gum disease) is a bacterial infection of the gums and bone that, if not treated, can cause you to lose your teeth. For periodontal disease treatment, we have many dedicated periodontal doctors (or periodontists) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and other conditions. The most common periodontal services consist of scaling and root planing (“deep cleaning”), crown lengthening, and dental implants.
I’ve been told I have periodontal disease. What does this mean?
The health of your gums and surrounding bone or ligaments have become infected and need careful treatment or therapy. Medical research shows that the bacteria in your mouth can also travel through your bloodstream into other organs in the body. This bacterium has been found to increase the risk and severity of other health-related issues, such as:
Heart disease and stroke
Respiratory infections and diseases
Pre-term and low-birth-weight babies
The goal of periodontal therapy is to preserve your teeth by maintaining and improving your periodontal health, comfort, and function. Periodontal therapy from Great Expressions promotes healing and repairs damage resulting from infection, disease, and pathology.
How did I get this?
The earliest form of the disease is gingivitis, where the bacteria irritate the gums and cause them to become inflamed and bleed. If gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontal disease.
You’re not alone. The American Dental Association (ADA) states that in the U.S., nearly 75 percent of adults over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease.
There are many contributing factors to periodontal disease, such as:
- Changes in hormones, such as puberty or pregnancy
- Poor nutrition
- Other systemic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease
- Habits, such as tobacco or excessive alcohol use
- Poor home care
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Some common symptoms of periodontal disease are:
- Red, puffy, or bleeding gums
- Foul odor or taste in your mouth
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Gums that recede, or shrink, making the teeth appear longer
But my gums always bleed. What is the problem?
Healthy gums do not bleed, even during the dental hygiene appointment. Loaded with bacteria, the plaque and calculus can cause an infection where the first sign is bleeding gums. Periodontal disease doesn’t typically hurt until it is in the advanced stages. Bleeding is the body’s way of indicating that something is wrong.
How do you know I have gum disease/periodontal disease?
We do a comprehensive exam. This includes periodontal charting, where we take measurements and record the spaces or “pockets” between your teeth and gums. In healthy gums, the pockets measure 1 to 3 millimeters in depth, and there is no bleeding. Deeper measurements or pockets that bleed indicate a problem. We look for bone loss on your X-rays, and we note any loose and missing teeth, or areas where your gums have receded. Bone is the stable support for your teeth. The infection causes the bone to shrink, causing the teeth to become loose.
How can I treat gum disease/periodontal disease?
If your disease is in the early or moderate phase, we will treat it with non-surgical periodontal therapy. This therapy includes a procedure called scaling and root planing, or “SRP.” Scaling is the removal of plaque and calculus with a scaler. Root planing is therapeutic (relating to the treatment of disease). It is a more involved procedure and consists of removing the bacteria and toxins from the pockets around your teeth.
These procedures may take more than one visit, depending on the extent of your disease. In many cases, we use anesthetic, so that you are comfortable during the procedure. We will also flush the debris out of the pockets with medication and apply a local antibiotic to help you fight infection.
Once your initial phase of treatment is completed, you will need to return more frequently for periodontal maintenance. At these appointments, we closely monitor and reevaluate your condition, and remove the destructive bacteria at the bottom of the pocket where normal brushing and flossing at home do not reach. This may include additional “site-specific” SRP and an antibiotic where indicated.
Since periodontal disease is episodic, your course of treatment may be modified in order to keep your disease under control. The modifications largely depend on your response from therapy and home care. If we are unable to control it in our office, we will refer you to a periodontal doctor who will evaluate your condition for possible surgery.
Why can’t I just have my regular cleaning?
Prophylaxis, or your “regular cleaning,” is done to prevent disease. It is for healthy gums only. Once you have periodontal disease, more aggressive treatment is needed in order to get it under control.
What if I choose not to get treatment?
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection. It can spread throughout your mouth and into other parts of your body, compromising your overall health. If left untreated, you could lose your teeth. Gums generally respond best when treated in the early phase of the disease, so it is important that you get treatment as soon as possible.
Physicians and surgeons commonly request that a patient have “dental clearance” prior to any type of surgery. This is due to the possibility that the bacteria can travel throughout the body and cause an infection at the site of the surgery.
I’ve decided to accept treatment. How do I keep my disease under control?
After treatment, some bacteria do remain. These bacteria reproduce and can reach destructive levels again in as few as 90 days. It is very important to return for your regularly scheduled periodontal maintenance appointments, so we can monitor your disease.
Getting it under control is the first step in an attempt to prevent its progression. Unfortunately, there is no cure for periodontal disease. As always, talk with your dental care professionals if you have any questions or concerns.
Is there anything I need to do at home?
What you do at home is extremely important. Up to 70 percent of your success in maintaining your disease depends on your home care. Many times, after periodontal therapy, the gums will begin to heal. In order to maintain this, your habits will need to change at home. This may include more frequent flossing, using a power toothbrush, and other recommended oral health care aide products to help remove the plaque more effectively.
patient success stories
- GEDC PatientI hadn't seen a dentist in 6 years and was scared to go to the dentist. I got in the same day I called! The staff was very kind, attentive, and thorough.
- GEDC PatientOne of the single best dentist appointments I've ever had. The entire staff was helpful, kind, and understanding.
- GEDC PatientFrom the front office team to the hygienist to the dental assistants, everyone is nice, professional and goes out of their way to make you comfortable.
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