Have you been keeping up with your routine dental checkups and cleanings twice a year? If so, you know that cleanings involve removing plaque and tartar to keep your gums and teeth clean and healthy. If however, plaque and tartar stay sitting in your mouth, you may develop gum disease, which will require periodontal treatment. The goal of this treatment is to restore your oral health and to keep your smile healthy for years to come!
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease or periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. It can range from simple gum inflammation called gingivitis to a more severe form of the condition called periodontitis. Advanced gum disease is characterized by gum tissue pulling away from the teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can build up and cause an infection. If left untreated, periodontal disease can result in damage to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth, potentially leading to tooth loss.
What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
Symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, receding, or bleeding gums, along with lingering bad breath. You may notice that your teeth are sensitive or painful when chewing. If any of these symptoms are present, schedule an appointment right away so that we can treat your condition and avoid its progression.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Scaling and Root Planing: The first line of treatment for periodontal disease is a deep cleaning called Scaling and Root Planing. Scaling removes bacteria and tartar from your tooth surfaces and below the gumline. Root planing involves smoothing out the root surfaces, which discourages any further buildup of tartar and bacteria. Your deep cleaning will help promote healing and the reattachment of the gum to the tooth surfaces.
Antibiotics or Medications: Topical or oral antibiotics can help control the infection present. There are also medications that we prescribe along with scaling and root planing to halt the progress of gum disease.
Surgical Treatment: Surgical intervention may be necessary with advanced periodontitis or if the inflammation and deep pockets do not resolve following treatment with deep cleaning and medications.
Soft Tissue Management: An STM plan typically consists of a thorough periodontal exam, including deep pocket measurements, deep cleaning below the gum line into the pockets, irrigating treated areas with medication, more frequent cleanings, and a long-term home cleaning regimen.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it in the first place. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily. Use a mouth rinse to help reduce plaque accumulating between your teeth. Keeping up with your routine professional cleanings twice a year will keep your gums clean and healthy!
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
Contact us at BMC Family Dentistry to learn more about gum disease and how to manage it. Whether you are dealing with early gingivitis or advanced stages of periodontal disease, Dr. Nisbeth can help. With his extensive experience in treating gum disease, you can trust that you are in good hands. Call today!