Effective Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is the loss of the bone that holds your teeth in your jaw. We now know that biofilm (formerly called plaque) allowed to grow on your teeth and under your gums causes your body to produce inflammatory chemicals which, in turn, cause the destruction of your tooth-supporting jawbone. It is estimated that 70% of adults have some form of periodontal disease, made possible by their specific disease producing genes. Owing to its genetic nature, periodontal disease cannot be completely eliminated or cured. The good news is that with professional management and good home care, most conditions can be managed and loss of the bone around the teeth kept to a minimum. Periodontal disease is clearly detectable on dental x-rays.
Relationships Exist between Periodontal Disease and Your Systemic Health.
Your dentist and your physician now share a responsibility in keeping you healthy. The same inflammatory/immune system processes evident in periodontal disease have been shown to cause heart disease and aggravate diabetes, kidney disease, and stroke risk. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy and free of bacterial biofilm and inflammation is of primary importance in your ability to stay whole-body healthy. That’s why the new breed of preventive physicians advocate brushing and especially flossing your teeth.
Would You Benefit from Periodontal Treatment?
You may benefit from one of our periodontal treatments if you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease and are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Red, swollen gums that are tender to the touch
- Bleeding gums (especially while brushing or flossing)
- Receding gums
- Chronic bad breath/bad taste in the mouth
- Loose teeth; feeling like your teeth are shifting
- Pockets forming between the teeth and gums
- Bite changes (where your teeth don’t fit together with a closed bite)
- Your parents or other family members have lost teeth due to periodontal disease.
- You are or were a smoker
Periodontal Disease Treatments
Along with maintaining proper oral hygiene habits, one or more of the following treatments may be used to treat periodontal disease and its symptoms:
Regular Maintenance Care
Regular visits with a professional dental hygienist are an important part of preventing the progression of periodontal bone loss. A session with the dental hygienist will not only remove traces of biofilm that you may be missing at home, but the process of stimulating the gums helps your body clear the immune system chemicals resident in your gums.
Scaling and Root Planing
The scaling and root planning treatment removes calculus (sometimes called tartar) and plaque from below the gum line and along the tooth root, and smooths out rough spots along the tooth roots that can trap and hold bacteria. This treatment can include one or more sessions. Depending on a person’s needs, this procedure may need to be repeated after a period of time.
In more advanced cases of periodontal disease, surgical procedures may be needed to improve tooth and gum cleansability. Surgery to correct pocketing and remove deposits that have formed under the gum line. Bone or soft tissue grafts may be used to enhance and preserve the dental bone.
Advanced care of the gums and bone can involve Dental Lasers. Several types of lasers are available. Used alongside an appointment with the dental hygienist, diode lasers are useful for reduction in inflammation and biostimulation which promotes healing. Lasers which are effective on hard tissues are adjunctive to periodontal procedures, and under certain conditions have been shown to regenerate tooth supporting bone.
Learn About Your Treatment Options Today
Your dental health relies directly on the health of your gums. Since periodontal disease is a condition that may occur without symptoms, it is especially important to have your oral health checked through regular dental visits. Our team of dental experts has years of experience treating gum disease, and we update our care regularly through continuing education and incorporation of new technologies. Whether you experience periodontal disease in its early stages or have a more severe problem, we can plan a treatment that is personalized for you, you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, or if you are experiencing its symptoms, early and regular treatment is important for you. Preserve not only the health of your gums and bone, but your teeth and the quality of your smile. Schedule an appointment with us to start your treatment; call our practice today!