Is your teenager left with blood on the toothbrush after brushing his or her teeth? If you know that the problem is not from brushing too hard, it is possible that your teenager is suffering from what is called periodontal disease. Find out in this article about periodontal disease, as well as what treating it is expected to cost.
What Should Be Known About Periodontal Disease?
If your teen has periodontal disease, it means that a less severe form of gum disease treated (gingivitis) was not treated fast enough. The root cause of gum disease is from plaque and calculus accumulating on the teeth, which leads to bacteria infecting the gums. You don't want to leave gum disease untreated because infections in the gum can get into the jawbone, which leads to bone loss and eventual loosens teeth. If teeth are loose and bleed a lot, there is a good chance that periodontal disease is the cause.
Periodontal disease is also a big concern because it can lead to your teen getting a full body inflammation if he or she develops one or more abscessed teeth. An abscessed tooth is harmful because it contains a pus lump that is highly toxic to the body. The damaged blood vessels from periodontal disease can make it easy for the toxic pus to enter into the bloodstream. If your teen's body becomes inflamed, he or she can end up with problems such as a rash or heart disease. The inflammation can also be fatal.
You must get periodontal disease treated as soon as possible if you don't want the condition to get worse. The nature of treating it will depend on how severe it is. For instance, if your teen has loose teeth, a dentist may have to remove them. The bleeding gums will likely be treated with potent antibiotics. If there is an abscessed tooth, a root canal may be necessary (treating the pulp chamber).
What Does Treating Periodontal Disease Cost?'
A general visit to the dental clinic can cost a minimum of $50, but can be as much as $350 plus. If your teen has any loose teeth from periodontal disease, getting them extracted will cost a minimum of $75 per tooth. However, the overall expenses will depend on the treatment need and whether or not there is insurance coverage.
Don't allow your teen to end up without any teeth to chew food with and a smile that he or she is embarrassed about. Make sure periodontal disease is treated by a dentist, as the condition will only get worse without the help of a professional. Call and speak to someone at a pediatric dental clinic, such as Russell Pollina, DDS, so an appointment for treatment can reserved for your teen as soon as possible!