Periodontal disease identification – Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) seems innocent in the beginning stage, called gingivitis. Early symptoms include bleeding while brushing teeth, swelling of the gums, redness of the gums, or tenderness in gum tissue. By attending regular dental checkups every six months, you can avoid advanced gum disease. Our hygienists can teach you effective and easy brushing and flossing techniques or recommend a number of other adjuncts (tools) to deter plaque buildup, a primary cause of gum disease. These preventive measures will help preserve your gums for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
If you notice the early warning signs of periodontal disease or if you have not seen a dentist in the past six months, call your dentist to schedule an appointment. During your routine visit, a dental hygienist will assess your gums for signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. It has also been linked to increased risk for osteoporosis, heart attacks, strokes, complications with diabetes, and low-weight births. The bacteria can deteriorate gums, as well as bone structure.
Periodontal Therapy – If your gums show signs of periodontal disease in any phase, we will suggest more frequent visits for periodontal therapy that may include scaling, root planing, Arestin antibiotic treatment or referral to a periodontist in the Fox Valley if more aggressive treatment or periodontal surgery is required.
Commonly referred to as a “deep cleaning,” scaling and root planing is very different than a routine cleaning. Scaling and Root Planing is a therapeutic procedure designed to help treat and restore periodontal health. Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of calculus, plaque, and stain on the crowns and root surfaces of teeth. It can result in major damage to the soft tissue and the bone that supports the teeth. Left untreated, this disease progresses to the ultimate loss of teeth.
In periodontal disease, gingival tissue will detach from teeth and periodontal pockets form. Scaling and root planning is intended to provide a healthy tissue environment in which tissues re-adapt to normal tooth surfaces.