Periodontal Disease Treatment: Protecting Your Gums and More
Our periodontal therapists do so much more than just clean your teeth. During your six month checkup and cleaning, our team will carefully evaluate and diagnose the health of your mouth and gums. If an infection is present, we can provide start-of-the-art management for all levels of periodontal (gum) disease. Healthy gums will help you enjoy your teeth for a lifetime -- so don’t put off your preventive dental care with Dr. Virginia Gregory.
Charting and Diagnostic Services
Your personal periodontal therapist will keep a record of your gum health with your dental/periodontal chart. Between your teeth and gums exist small pockets, and healthy teeth fit securely in the gum line. But, when the depth of these pockets grows, it might indicate the presence of an infection and gum disease. Your hygienist will record your pocket depth on your chart to keep track of the small changes that could indicate the early stages of periodontal disease.
In-Office Periodontal Therapy
Dr. Gregory provides periodontal therapy for moderate levels of gum disease with scaling and root planing. This method is often combined with antibiotics or in-office laser therapy. Scaling removes plaque and bacteria from above and below the gum line, and root planing smooths the root to prevent reinfection. Laser therapy removes the infection and promotes healthy growth of the gum tissue.
About Gum Disease
The majority of American adults are currently dealing with gum disease to some extent. The condition leads to bad breath, bleeding, tender gums, and tooth loss in its later stages. Left untreated, gum disease can even contribute to heart conditions, respiratory issues, and pregnancy/birth complications.
Scaling & Root Planing
If you have a case of advanced gum disease, we may choose to perform a “deep cleaning” using two procedures called scaling and root planing. They will be used to break up and eliminate plaque both along and below your gum line, and they’re one of the best ways we can protect your smile from this harmful infection.