Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent periodontal disease. However, once present, periodontal disease cannot be eliminated. Periodontal therapy can slow down or even stop the progression of the disease. Treatments can include scaling, root planing, and antibiotic therapies.
Periodontal therapy is performed in our office. The plaque on your teeth will be carefully removed from below the gum-line, and the gums are stimulated to encourage health and vitality. This scaling and root planing procedure is meant to take place over the course of several visits. After the initial series of visits, a patient will visit our office every 3-4 months for more periodontal therapy.
When the the antibiotic treatment is necessary it is placed directly in the gum pockets around the teeth below the gum-line. This is done directly after the scaling and root planing procedures. The medication will keep working for up to 30 days and will fight bacter for weeks after you leave our office. The effects of this treatment can actually last up to 90 day and is recommended to be reapplied every 3 months and will keep periodontal disease from progressing.
At Monticello Family Dental we care about preventive dentistry and know that it is important for you and your family as well. We will help you every step of the way to preventing the start of gum disease and keeping it from progressing if it’s something you already have. Whether it is help with the right technique to care for your teeth at home or needing a dental sealant, Dr. Loggan, Dr. Swan, and their staff care about your experience with us and know you will have a good one. Contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
What is Periodontal Disease?
Three out of four adults are affected by periodontal disease at some point in their lives. Periodontal disease is caused by bacterial plaque — a colorless film that coats your teeth and extends down below the gum-line. Left unimpeded, plaque hardens into tartar (also known as calculus).
The bacteria trapped below the gum-line can lead to irritation. If the irritation is prolonged, the gums start to draw back and separate from the teeth, causing hollow pockets to form. As periodontal disease progresses, supporting gum tissue as well as the bone that holds your teeth in place starts to deteriorate.
If left untreated, gum disease leads to tooth loss. In fact, for Americans over the age of 35, gum disease causes the loss of more teeth than cavities do.
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