Periodontal Therapy

Information:

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a highly common infection of the gums and bone which are responsible for supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease affects around 65% of Americans today.These infections are caused by bacteria that harbor within plaque – a sticky film of bacteria—along or near the gum line. Due to poor brushing and flossing practices, time away from routine cleanings and other risk factors, the plaque can calcify or harden on the tooth structure, commonly known as tartar. Tartar, like plaque, is harboring bacteria, and cannot be removed with homecare, and will need professional intervention. When allowed to progress, periodontal disease may set in causing pain, receding gums, bleeding, bone loss, inflammation, and pockets between the gums and teeth. If caught at an early stage, periodontitis can be treated with professional intervention. Here at Artisan Dental we are committed to coming up with an individualized plan just for you.

Treatment:

When diagnosed with periodontitis, professional intervention is required. At Artisan Dental we recommend Scaling and Root Planing. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical periodontal treatment that removes tartar, plaque, and bacteria from the tooth and below the gumline along the roots. With the use of local anesthetic, an ultrasonic scaler, hand scaling and diode laser therapy, this deep cleaning will help promote clinical attachment levels, and improved tissue integrity. The use of laser therapy is not a stand alone treatment, and works the best in conjunction with scaling and root planing. We circle the teeth with the laser within the surrounding gum pockets to destroy the bacteria. The focused light power of the laser helps to reduce or eliminate bacteria in the blood, to prevent cross contamination of infection, to kill and eliminate periodontal disease bacteria, to stop infections before they cause physical destruction or loss of attachment around teeth, and to boost the immune system and improve your overall health. The laser therapy process is painless and normally takes about 5-10 minutes. During all of this your hygienist will make sure you are comfortable with local anesthesia. At the end of your appointment you will be provided with post treatment instructions and homecare habits to work on at home.

In some severe cases of periodontitis, Artisan Dental would refer to a Periodontist, a dentist that specializes in gum and bone health.

Did you know?

Periodontal disease has been associated with a number of risk factors aside from poor brushing and flossing habits. In fact, the risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis increases if you have a systemic disease like heart disease, as well as conditions like diabetes and AIDS. Other factors that may contribute to the development of periodontal disease include stress, genetics, crowded teeth, faulty dental restorations, and the use of certain medications that may cause dry mouth. According to the Centers for Disease Control, women are also at an increased risk for periodontal disease when they are undergoing hormonal changes, such as with menopause or pregnancy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease has been associated with a number of risk factors aside from poor brushing and flossing habits. In fact, the risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis increases if you have a systemic disease like heart disease, as well as conditions like diabetes and AIDS. Other factors that may contribute to the development of periodontal disease include stress, genetics, crowded teeth, faulty dental restorations, and the use of certain medications that may cause dry mouth. Tobacco use increases the likelihood of periodontal disease by reducing blood flow to the gingival tissue and inhibiting immune response. According to the Centers for Disease Control, women are also at an increased risk for periodontal disease when they are undergoing hormonal changes, such as with menopause or pregnancy.

Do I have periodontal disease?

You may have gingivitis or periodontitis if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. However, the only way of knowing for sure whether you have a periodontal disease is via a professional dental exam. Keep in mind that you may have periodontal disease and be asymptomatic; so be sure to visit your dentist for a thorough exam and cleaning at least twice per year.

What will my dentist do if I am diagnosed with periodontal disease?

Your treatment will depend on how advanced your periodontitis is. Minor cases of periodontal disease are usually treated with a thorough cleaning and laser therapy. If, however, your periodontal tissues have begun to deteriorate and your gums have begun pulling away from your teeth, you may require a more complex treatment, such as flap surgery or bone and gum grafting done with the Periodontist.

Will I need to do anything to prevent periodontal disease from returning?

Yes. Periodontal disease can reoccur – especially if you do not make any changes to your brushing and flossing habits. By changing and staying on top of your homecare routine and also staying on a more frequent recare for cleanings, you could help prevent periodontal disease from recurring in the future.

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