When dentists say that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, they aren’t exaggerating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of the adults aged 30 and older suffer from some form of the disease. In the early stages, this condition can be reversed with a professional cleaning and improved at-home habits. If the condition has advanced too far, additional intervention will be needed.
So what does periodontal therapy entail? What can you expect from the treatment and what tips should you maintain for prevention? If you’re suffering from gum disease and seeking treatment, you’ve come to the right place! Dr. Natalie Stimpson and Dr. Crystal Stimpson are fully trained to help you get your gum health back on the right path. Don’t hesitate to contact their office today to get started!
Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar, the calcified form of plaque, builds up along the gum line. After enough time, this material will irritate and break down the soft tissue, leading to inflammation and eventually infection. As this occurs, pockets begin to grow in between the teeth and grow larger as time goes on, allowing for more plaque buildup. Without treatment, your bone tissue, also known as the alveolar bone, will break down and threaten the foundation that teeth rely on to stay in the jaw.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our office as soon as you can. Gum disease cannot be treated at home once it’s reached a more advanced stage, typically characterized by the following:
Scaling and root planing is the most common procedure performed to remove plaque and tartar from the deep periodontal pockets and smooth the tooth roots to remove bacteria. Scaling works to remove infected tissue and plaque, while root planing helps gum tissue reattach and reduces the risk of future infections later.
These procedures may also be followed up with antibacterial delivery systems to prevent future problems, but this is largely determined on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, many patients do not require additional maintenance, but this can vary depending on the severity of your gum disease. If your case is more severe, you may need to attend follow-up appointments every three months.
After your treatment plan is complete, you’ll be informed on the best oral care tips to keep in mind. These include:
Don’t let gum disease ruin your smile. Our office is fully-equipped to get you treated. Contact our office today to learn more about the process, speak with one of our knowledgeable dentists or build a treatment plan!