Periodontal (gum) disease affects the gums and bone that support your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
Because of the extra care required to treat the condition, patients with gum disease may accrue extra dental expenses.
If you are at risk or have been diagnosed with gum disease, your dental plan may help alleviate some of the treatment costs. Log into your account to see if the following are covered:
Extra Dental Appointments
Once diagnosed, your dentist may require additional follow-ups to monitor the progression of your gum disease.
In addition to a regular cleaning, your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing to remove plaque from under the gum line to promote healing.
Appointment with a Specialist
Depending on the severity, you may be required to see a periodontist to treat your condition.
In extreme cases, surgery may be required. This can include tooth extraction, gingivectomy or a soft tissue graft.
Remember, the best and most cost-effective treatment for periodontal disease is prevention. By scheduling regular appointments and cleanings, your dentist can detect early signs and create a treatment plan.