Periodontal therapy is an important step in treating and reverse gum disease. While you might think that cavities are the worst thing that can happen to your smile – it’s gum disease that causes more tooth loss than any other oral condition.
Your gum tissues are an important part to retaining and stabilizing the teeth. If bacterial plaque and tarter build up below the gumlines, the tissues will become infected and eventually detach from the tooth itself. Bone loss will follow. Gradually, the teeth become sore, mobile, and fall out. Most people start to notice a problem when their gums bleed when they brush or floss. For this reason, people usually give up flossing, making the condition even worse!
- Bleeding, swollen gums
- Gum recession
- Tartar buildup
- Halitosis (bad breath)
Gum Disease Therapy
Scaling and root planing (“deep cleanings”) help eliminate calcified deposits from the surfaces of your teeth that cause the gums to detach. These areas are called “pockets” and are an indication that bone loss is also occurring. Cleaning the tooth surfaces within the pocket creates a clean environment where your gums can potentially reattach to the root surfaces, preventing additional bone loss. We work closely with each patient to create a care plan that includes specific oral hygiene methods to eliminate their periodontal disease. Deep cleanings are typically completed with the use of local anesthesia or another numbing agent to keep you comfortable.
X-rays and a periodontal examination will be needed to determine the amount of bone loss that is present. Our therapy options can help prevent the need for surgery later on, if care is sought soon enough. Call us today to set up a comprehensive examination.