Peridontal Therapy




Periodontal disease is a serious bacterial infection of your gums and a major cause of tooth loss especially in men and women over the age of 30. If left untreated, periodontal disease destroys the tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place, causing tooth loss in 75% of adults.
 
Symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing your teeth
  • Bright red or red-purple appearance to gums
  • Tender gums when touched
  • Swollen gums
  • Mouth sores
  • A shiny appearance to gums
  • Loose teeth
 
Factors that increase periodontal disease include:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Diabetes or heart disease
  • Crooked teeth
  • Some types of medication such as steroids
  • Hormonal changes in women. Such as pregnancy or menopause.
 
Davidson Dental takes your overall health very seriously. We understand that there is a connection between your oral health and your general health. Serious health issues including heart disease are related to periodontal disease through the mouth and body connection.
If you already have some level of periodontal disease, we can treat you to get you back to optimum health. There are 2 methods of periodontal therapy treatment, non-surgical and surgical.
 

Non-Surgical

Our first course of action to treat periodontal disease is the least invasive and most cost-effective manner – scaling and root planing along with another treatment, such as antibiotics, depending on the course of action determined by the dentist on a case-by-case basis.
Scaling and root planing consists of a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from deep periodontal pockets, and smoothing the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins.
After scaling and root planing, most patients do not need further treatment, other than routine cleanings to maintain good oral health and prevent further problems.
If non-surgical treatment does not achieve desired results or the periodontal disease persists, the dentist will suggest a surgical procedure to restore the damaged areas.
 

Surgical

Periodontal surgery may be necessary if the dentist determines that the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with the non-surgical treatments. There are four types of surgical treatments usually prescribed:
If you've already lost a tooth due to periodontal disease, you may be interested in dental implants. To find out more about periodontal therapy or dental implants, give us a call to schedule an appointment.