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Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is an infection that attacks the bone and soft tissue underlying your teeth. This disease is caused by bacteria that affix to your teeth and adjacent pockets. These bacteria form plaque (a sticky coating that forms over the surface of your teeth), which in turn can harden and become calculus (also known as tartar).
If this process is allowed to grow unchecked, your immune system will react, releasing toxins and causing your gums to become inflamed. Worse still, this condition can lead to tooth loss and even increase your risk of other health problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Fortunately, you can prevent gum disease by practicing good dental care habits.
There are many warning signs of periodontal disease to watch out for. Contact us if you encounter any of the following symptoms:
In treating gum disease, our aim is to eliminate the bacteria hiding in the pockets surrounding your teeth before they cause more damage to your teeth and the underlying bone. But it is far better to prevent this disease from arising in the first place, and the best way to do this is to practice proper dental hygiene daily.
If you brush your teeth twice a day and floss your teeth once a day, you can ward off periodontal problems. However, if you neglect caring for your teeth, periodontal disease can come back. It is a recurring disease.
You can think of scaling and root planing as a step beyond a regular dental cleaning. Harmful plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth and gums, with particularly close attention being paid to the spaces between the teeth and the soft tissue. After the cleaning, the roots are gently smoothed out. This is because bacteria tend to accumulate on rough surfaces, so smoothing out the roots will lower the risk of a reinfection in the future, giving your mouth a chance to recover.
A dental laser can simplify your periodontal therapy, making it easier to target the diseased areas without causing unnecessary bleeding or pain. We carefully aim the laser at your gums and use it to remove the tissue that is already inflamed. This both gets rid of the infected tissue and helps expose the tooth so that scaling and root planing can be performed more easily. Since the laser will seal off exposed blood vessels almost immediately, recovery time is much shorter.
Oral DNase antibiotic therapy is used to supplement scaling and root planing. Some of the bacteria contributing to gum disease may have buried themselves much deeper than we can reach with our instruments alone. Antibiotics give us a way to fight the infection in these hard-to-reach areas and continue to fight the infection in the weeks to follow after the initial treatment. Be sure to follow our directions closely during your therapy, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
We offer a wide variety of medicated mouthwashes to treat periodontitis, along with other methods.
This item is used just like a normal mouthwash. It controls bacterial growth when treating gum disease and is also used following surgery.
Oral antibiotics are utilized as a short-term remedy for persistent periodontitis. They are taken orally and are offered in the form of both tablets and capsules.
These pills are taken alongside scaling and root planing. They contain a small amount of doxycycline, which regulates destructive enzymes that break down the gums. The suppressants slow down the immune system’s response to problems in gum tissue.
A small, gelatinous, chlorhexidine-filled chip is placed into the pockets following a root planing procedure. It reduces the size of periodontal pockets and controls bacterial growth. This form of medication is gradually resealed over time.
This slow-release medication is placed in periodontal pockets after scaling and root planing. The gel contains an antibiotic known as doxycycline that works to reduce the size of periodontal pockets and control the growth of bacteria.
Like the others, this slow-release medication controls bacteria and shrinks pockets. Tiny particles that contain an antibiotic called minocycline are inserted into pockets following a scaling and root planing procedure.
We have a treatment option that offers far better results than traditional methods – laser periodontal therapy. Using this state-of-the-art technology, we can set in motion the most substantial recovery of this disease available today.