Worried About Periodontal Disease?
Our doctors are always on the lookout for early signs of trouble you may not notice because with good oral hygiene and regular professional dental visits, chances are we can keep your natural teeth for life.
To make sure that happens, we need to keep both your teeth, gums and bone healthy. Gum disease, which is a bacterial infection, threatens these supporting tissues. When signs of trouble become apparent, periodontal therapy will be suggested.
The goal of periodontal therapy is to restore infected gum tissue. Gum disease can spread from the gums to bone supporting teeth and can cause tooth loss. At Bluff Creek Dental, our doctors have developed effective therapies to combat gum disease. Using deep cleaning and scaling to remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line.
Your Periodontal Therapy Treatment
Depending on the severity of your condition, your periodontal therapy could includes both surgical and non-surgical techniques to prevent tooth loss. Your treatment may include:
- Scaling and Root Planing. Deep-cleaning techniques our doctors use to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from beneath the gum tissues using hand scalers and/or ultrasonic instruments.
- Gum Grafting. Replacing areas of your missing gum tissue so your tooth roots are adequately protected.
- Periodontal Laser Treatment. Removing diseased gum tissue with lasers to avoid discomfort, gum shrinkage and conventional surgery
Your Role in Periodontal Health
Dental plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease. It is essential to remove it every day by brushing and flossing properly. But be careful, for scrubbing your teeth too hard can actually cause gums to recede.
There are areas of the mouth that a toothbrush and floss can’t reach, which is why it’s so important to have regular professional cleanings at the dental office. Regular dental exams will detect early signs of gum disease. Finally, eating a nutritious diet low in sugar, and staying away from tobacco in all forms, will increase your periodontal health, and improve your chances of keeping your teeth for life.