Effective Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is the loss of the bone that holds your teeth in your jaw. The 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 by the age of 65 have some form of periodontal disease. Signs of periodontal disease can even be observed in some adolescents and young adults! Owing to its genetic nature, periodontal disease cannot be completely eliminated or cured. The good news is that with regular 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 with simple dental x-rays.
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Your Best Plan to Control Periodontal Disease
At every dental hygiene visit (a.k.a. teeth cleaning), Dr. Ferrell and her team evaluate the health of your mouth. If you have been given a diagnosis of periodontal disease in the past, an assessment is made to determine if your condition is stable or there is active disease. Active disease may signal ongoing bone loss and/or stress on your general health. This is actually the most important part of your appointment.
The dental hygienist will remove any hard calculus and polish your teeth. Take note that because patients with periodontal disease have lost bone around their tooth roots, there is much more tooth surface for the dental hygienist to clean and evaluate. In order to make your periodontal maintenance appointments reasonable in length and to disorganize those inflammatory chemicals, your visits may be more frequent than your disease-free friends.
Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Ferrell may want you to be seen at a four or three or even a two-month interval. Remember, it’s all about controlling the factors that promote the disease. You may get some tips to help you with your home care because your daily removal of plaque-biofilm is the most important thing you can do to slow down the progression of periodontal bone loss.
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, aggravate diabetes and kidney disease, and increase 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 advocates brushing and especially flossing between 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
- Your parents or other family members have lost teeth due to periodontal disease.
- You are or were a smoker
Advanced Care for Periodontal Disease
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 Planning
The scaling and root planning treatment removes calculus (sometimes called tartar) and plaque from below the gum line and on the tooth root, as well as smoothing out root rough spots that can trap and hold bacteria. This treatment may include one or more sessions. Depending on a person’s needs, this procedure may need to be repeated to keep the tooth roots clean and the gums healthy.
In more advanced cases of periodontal disease, surgical procedures may be needed to improve tooth and gum cleanability. Surgery is used to correct pocketing and remove deposits that have formed under the gum line. Bone or soft tissue grafts may be used to rebuild and protect the tooth-root surfaces and the dental bone.
Advanced care of the gums and bone can involve Dental Lasers. Dr. Ferrell uses two types of dental lasers. Used alongside conventional treatment, diode lasers are useful for a reduction in inflammation and biostimulation to promote healing. Lasers designed for hard tissues, such as bone and tooth structure, 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. Dr Ferrell and her team have years of training and experience treating gum disease. Because of the constantly changing and evolving science in this area, we are constantly updating our care 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. Early and regular treatment is important. Not only are you preserving the health of your gums and bone, but you are also enhancing the health of your teeth and the quality of your smile.
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Schedule an appointment with us to start your treatment; call our practice today!
Call (303) 586-1036.