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Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Treatment

Diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and jawbone is periodontics. Periodontists can assist you with maintaining the health, appearance, and functionality of your jawbone and gum tissues.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Bacterial plaque! Plaque is simply defined as an organized group of bacteria which causes inflammation and ultimately the destruction of gum tissues and bone. Of course, there are other causative factors such as nutrition, genetics, smoking, missing teeth, poor occlusion (bite), and various systemic diseases. Bacterial plaque, however, is the primary cause of Periodontal Disease.

What are the symptoms?

  • Bleeding gums
  • Excessive formation of calculus leading to swelling gums
  • Gum abscesses
  • Drifting or loosening of teeth resulting in opening up of spaces between teeth
  • Noticeable mouth odor
  • Reddening of the gum tissue around teeth

How does it start?

Periodontal gum Disease starts with gum inflammation and if not corrected early can gradually extend below the gum line to the bone that lies beneath. As more bone is destroyed, teeth become increasingly more mobile. The time to treat is obviously at the first sign of inflammation. If you have signs of inflammation then please give our office a call.

Management of Periodontal Disease

The goal is to control the bacteria that cause the infection. Through root planning (the mechanical removal of plaque and calculus in the office) and proper home care a person can successfully maintain good oral health.

How does periodontal treatment work?

  1. The Initial Phase consists of patient education in proper oral hygiene techniques. Without a strong foundation, a house can not stand for long!
  2. The Treatment Phase involves the removal of all causative factors and may include correction of bone and gum defects by surgical or non-surgical means, correction of malocclusion (bite) problems, and the replacement of missing teeth in order to re-establish proper form and function.
  3. The Control Phase begins immediately after the treatment phase. Once the disease process has been eliminated, it is your responsibility to seek regular preventative treatment. We are here to help at all times. We will instruct our patients in the techniques necessary to maintain a proper state of periodontal health. Sometimes it will be necessary to utilize the skills of a specialist. In coordination with the periodontist, your dental team will do all it can to insure your predictable periodontal health.

Antibiotic Treatment

Often times used along with scaling and root planing to help reduce pocket depths and bacteria.

Scaling and Root Planing

The removal of plaque and calculus that is below the gum-line.

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