Periodontal Disease Solutions
Periodontal Disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is a common condition that affects millions of adults. Symptoms can begin to appear when plaque and tartar accumulate between the teeth and gums.
Since you might not notice the earliest stages of periodontal disease, routine dental cleaning and checkups are the most reliable way to keep your gums in peak health. However, as the condition progresses, you may start to experience symptoms like gum irritation and inflammation.
Left untreated, swollen gums can start to pull away from the surfaces of your teeth, leading to the formation of periodontal pockets. Bacteria become trapped in these pockets, where they begin attacking your gums from the inside as well as the ligaments and bone that support your teeth.
The longer gum disease goes untreated, the worse it becomes, potentially leading to gum recession, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, at OHIOSmiles, treatment is available to prevent and reverse gum disease.
Treatments For Periodontal Disease
A prophylaxis is a method of cleaning that you’ll receive during your routine dental appointments. Using specialized tools, Dr. Antalis and our team will use ultrasonic vibrations to break up hardened tartar on the surfaces of your teeth. We’ll also sterilize the tissue along your gumline and the areas between your gums and teeth.
Since tartar, a hardened form of plaque, cannot be removed with regular brushing, a prophylaxis is the best way to gently free your teeth and gums of all deposited bacteria. For gingivitis, the earliest stage of periodontal disease, one or two prophylaxis cleanings may be recommended to clean away any plaque and tartar so your gums can heal naturally.
Scaling And Root Planing
Scaling and root planing treatment involves a deep cleaning of your teeth and exposed roots that also helps prevent plaque from forming on surfaces. Scaling refers to cleaning the visible surfaces of your teeth. Using an instrument called a scaler, we’ll eliminate all bacteria built up on the fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces of your teeth, with special attention given to the gumline and just below it.
Root planing is the cleaning of your tooth roots, again eliminating plaque and bacteria. After planing, the surfaces of the roots of your teeth are left smooth, making it more difficult for plaque to adhere and build up.
An antibiotic rinse is typically used after scaling and root planing. This helps get rid of any bacteria that might still be lurking below the gumline. In some cases, an oral antibiotic or antibiotic mouthwash may be recommended for you to use at home. Antibiotics are not used as a standalone therapy for periodontal disease, but they can be highly effective when combined with other treatments and improved oral hygiene practices.
Bacteria that build up below the gumline can also affect the health of your jawbone. The bacteria attack the bone, creating areas of bone loss often referred to as bony defects. To remedy this, osseous surgery is performed to not only clean all surfaces of your teeth and the surrounding bone, but also to smooth bony defects.
Left untreated, bony defects allow bacteria to replicate and spread outside the reach of hygienic care. By smoothing the bone, we’re able to eliminate these hiding places for bacteria. After your surgery is complete, your gums will be able to reattach naturally to your teeth and jawbone, restoring your oral health.
Don’t Wait For Gum Disease To Become Noticeable
Treating gum disease early is essential for stopping the progression of the condition. By visiting Dr. Antalis for regular examinations and cleanings, you can avoid the more advanced symptoms of gum disease entirely and support your oral health for many years to come. Call OHIOSmiles at (740) 439-2501 today to schedule your appointment.