A Growing Crisis
Over 80 million Americans have some degree of gum disease, many of them unknowingly. That is a lot of people. Gum disease is a very concerning oral condition that we would far rather prevent than have to treat. Once infection begins, it never really heals and ongoing care to stop the progression of gum infection becomes quite expensive.
Bad breath and sensitive gums are treatable, but they pale in comparison to bleeding gums. Bleeding gums are a big deal, because of the long term damage it can inflict. If your face was bleeding, you would seek treatment. Your gums are no different and way too often the“silent” symptoms lead to the larger health issues.
Gum Disease Is Preventable
Gum disease is preventable, but it is incredibly difficult to cure once the infection begins. The best strategy is to prevent. We encourage all of our patients to brush 2 times daily for 2 minutes each session, floss daily, and to visit us every 6 months. If mild signs of gum disease develop between visits, immediate care is advised.
Treating Gum Disease
Every treatment is unique to the individual. This is true both for the prevention and the treatment of gum disease. If a patient has risk factors for gum disease, we may recommend visiting more frequently. When gum disease has been detected then treatment will address the severity of the condition. Our initial therapy with our experienced dental hygienists is a deep clean to remove toxins on teeth and root surfaces under a local anesthetic. Once you are relaxed and comfortable:
We are careful in the treatment of gum disease to meet the patient’s needs, as Dr. Schmidt and the Reflections Dental Care team are dedicated to living up to their strengths and potential. If and when necessary, we may make a referral to a periodontal specialist for advanced treatment.
Frequently asked questions
We file with all insurances and would be happy to help you. Call our office at (405) 563-7097 to get your complimentary benefits check.
We are happy to provide qualified patients with a payment plan that allows you to make monthly payments and spread out the cost over time. Call our office or contact us via chat or our online form for more information.
Your comfort is our top priority. We understand that anxiety can be a major barrier to receiving the treatment you need. We offer all the traditional options, plus a few more advanced options like full sedation (sleep dentistry).
Unfortunately, we are not accepting SoonerCare patients at this time.
Like any treatment, there isn’t a one size fits all treatment plan. Every patient’s needs are different, and planning a dental implant case is certainly no simple task. We welcome you to come in for a complimentary dental implants consultation whereafter we will be able to provide you with a customized treatment plan along with an estimate of costs.
We gladly see child patients! Dr. Bockus loves seeing our younger patients and has a special interest in pediatric dentistry. Our practice is designed to support your family from 1 to 100 years of age.
We are always accepting new patients! Schedule online or request an appointment today.
General dentistry in Oklahoma City. In 2004, Dr. Lance R. Schmidt set out to create a clinical environment that focused on both compassion and excellence.
We offer full sedation options, dental implants, child dentistry, same day dental crowns with CEREC®, Kor® Whitening, Myobrace®, and Invisalign® all offered under one roof.
We are a caring team committed to treating patients’ dental needs in the larger context of a happy and healthy life.
We change lives through compassion and excellent dentistry. Healthy teeth and healthy mouths translate to healthy and happy lives far more readily than many realize.
It’s that moment you see yourself for the first time afterwards. Your procedure has now given to you the ability to smile confidently, eat the food you want and need, or simply go to bed without pain.
We change lives everyday.