Periodontics - Gum Disease Treatment
If you're like many Americans, you may be at risk for periodontal disease and not even know it. This common condition is caused by bacterial growth around the teeth and gum line, and if left untreated can lead to tooth decay and destruction of tissue and bone around the teeth. That's why the American Academy of Periodontology recommends that everyone have a yearly periodontal evaluation.
Smile Works is trained in periodontics and can provide comprehensive periodontal care to help prevent or treat gum disease. We offer a wide range of services, from simple cleanings to more complex procedures. And we'll work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs. So don't wait – call us today to schedule your periodontal evaluation.
The Three Stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis - The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is very common but completely reversible with the proper oral hygiene and professional treatment. Gingivitis is characterized by redness, swelling, bleeding gums, a receding gum line, and bad breath. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene at home through regular brushing and flossing habits, gingivitis can be treated successfully with regular professional cleanings to prevent plaque and tartar build-up.
Periodontitis - The second stage of gum disease features deterioration of the soft tissue surrounding the teeth, as well as the tooth’s roots. Gums are swollen and tender to the touch, spaces develop between teeth, and infection is common. Along with professional cleanings, periodontitis is treated by scaling to remove tartar and bacteria from above and below the gums. At our office, we use root planing to clean the root surfaces of your teeth and rid them of tartar and bacteria. In addition, we use an antimicrobial wash along with a localized antibiotic called Arestin to help eliminate infection-causing bacteria. To keep disease from returning, maintenance cleanings are scheduled up to four times per year.
Advanced Periodontitis - At this stage of gum disease, a patient experiences extensive loss of the healthy soft tissue and bone that support their teeth. As well as receiving the treatments mentioned earlier, patients also go through laser assisted gum therapy. This involves using a laser to kill 99% of bacteria in the periodontal pockets. Unfortunately, some patients may need to have teeth extracted during this stage or may even consider removal themselves as a means to rebuild oral health.
Contact Our Periodontal Team
Our dental team is trained in periodontics and can provide comprehensive periodontal care to help prevent or treat gum disease. We offer a wide range of services, from simple cleanings to more complex procedures. And we'll work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs. So don't wait – call us today to schedule your periodontal evaluation.