Periodontal Therapy For The Treatment of Gum Disease
Gum disease also known as periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that penetrates into the gums and into the bone around your teeth, causing inflammation. Sometimes there is pain associated with gum disease but sometimes not. Some of the most common indicators are swollen gums or bleeding while brushing or flossing. Gum inflammation leads to bone loss and possibly tooth loss. It has also been linked to other health risk factors such as heart disease. You definitely don’t want to ignore any of the symptoms.
The infection in your gums must be removed and the area given a chance to heal. There are generally two levels of treatment for this condition depending upon the severity of your infection. Each level is designed to help you achieve maximum gum health.
We know this is a pretty technical term so let us break down for you to understand better. Debridement is the removal of large amounts of plaque and tartar from the teeth. It is needed when you have large amounts of build up that usually occurs when you have not been to a dentist in a while.
During the procedure, Dr. Holladay will use a combination of hand tools and ultrasonic devices to dislodge the plaque and tarter from underneath the gum-line. Lastly, some hydrogen-peroxide is used to clean the area.
Debridement is often the first step in treating gum disease. After completion, Dr. Holladay will re-evaluate your mouth and determine a course of treatment. It’s important to to stop gum disease and not allow it to progress any further.
Scaling and Root Planing For Gum Disease Treatment
The upper level of infection in the pockets around your teeth can be removed using specialized instruments. This procedure is called, “Scaling and Root Planing,” “Phase One Treatment” or “Initial Therapy.” It is done under local anesthesia and is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins.
Many of our patients report having a very clean feeling after having this treatment done. However the treatment of gum disease doesn’t stop there. It continues when you go home and continue a regular oral hygiene program. Many people often ask how they can stay out of the dentist office and avoid expensive dental procedures. The answer is simple. Get regular check-ups, keep scheduled cleanings and keep it up at home.
What To Do If You Feel You Have Gum Disease
If you notice you have really red gums, your experiencing bleeding or have pain when you brush or floss, you need to make an appointment right away. We will be happy to give you a full exam and give you a complete explanation on the condition of your gums and your teeth. We are here to help.