Periodontics in Jacksonville, FL
Good dental health is crucial to your overall health. Dr. Gaff provides knowledgeable, quality dental care to patients in Jacksonville, St. Augustine and surrounding Florida cities.
What is periodontitis in Jacksonville, FL?
Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that can lead to other health problems such as tooth loss. This form of gum disease directly destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. Periodontitis can make you more susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer and can lead to low birth weight babies.
How does Periodontitis occur in Jacksonville, FL?
Heredity plays a strong role in developing periodontitis. Poor dental hygiene usually leads to plaque buildup, which contains a lot of bacteria. This plaque and bacteria build up causes the gums to become inflamed, and you may notice bleeding while brushing your teeth. At this stage, it is important to see your dentist to take preventative measures against periodontitis.
When gingivitis is left untreated, the inner layer of the gum and bone begin to pull away from the teeth and form pockets, where bacteria collect and form infection. The plaque will continue to spread and grow below the gum line.
The bacterium in the plaque releases toxins, which break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place. As the disease progresses eventually the teeth will no longer be anchored in place, leading to tooth loss.
Dr. Gaff provides a variety of treatment options for patients with gingivitis and periodontitis in the Jacksonville area.
What is a Center for Dental Medicine?
We are now one of two offices in the state of Florida that is a certified Center for Dental Medicine. Recent research indicates the strong link between your oral health and the overall health of your body. When you come in for your regular dental checkup, we will do a complete periodontal examination.
How Much Does Periodontics Care Cost in Jacksonville, FL?
For the benefit of our patients, we offer a variety of payment options including cash, checks, major credit cards and insurance plans that allow patients to go to a dentist of their choice.
We also offer financing through outside agencies including interest-free plans for 6 or 12 months for all procedures and 24 months for our Invisalign patients. There is also longer financing with interest.
For patients with questions about insurance or financial arrangements, please contact our friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Besides periodontics care in Jacksonville, Dr. Gaff also offers cleanings, fillings and one-visit crowns.
For total dental care with an emphasis on care, call Dr. Gaff at (904) 250-0445. Our staff will be happy to answer all your dental questions or set up your consultation.