Why Might You Need Periodontal Treatment from a Dentist?
Dental health is more than just keeping your teeth clean and decay free.
Your gums are important, too, and what we call “gum disease” can lead to loss of teeth, infections and even, in the most extreme, death if it spreads to the heart.
Dr. Nash and his office will keep watch for this type of damage to teeth, gums and even your jaw bone.
Your regular exam should catch any signs of this beginning but if you start to feel tenderness and discomfort or notice changes in your gums, call for an appointment as soon as possible.
Your smile will be more beautiful too with healthy gums, an added benefit for your diligence in caring for them.
What Are the Dental Procedures for Treating Gum Disease?
Depending upon how advanced the problem is, your dentist first will do a thorough cleaning called Periodontal Scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits. Next, root planing may be necessary, which smoothes the roots out and leaves a clean surface where the gums can easily heal and reattach to the tooth.
These two steps are sufficient to alleviate this problem if the disease is caught early enough by your dentist.
The next step, if necessary, will be a gum graft where your dentist will graft tissue from your palate or another source. This will cover any exposed roots and stimulate new gum growth.
Recession of gums can create tooth sensitivity, which is extremely uncomfortable. And don’t forget that beautiful smile that will return with healthy gums.
Lasers are a newer treatment and may be used along with the cleaning. There are also regenerative treatments that can help restore lost bone and tissue. Your dentist will explain these to you if they are deemed necessary.
How Can Your Dentist Help You Prevent This Condition?
As noted above, your dentist will be able to catch any signs of gum disease early on if you have your check-ups regularly.
Visually during your exam they will see any shrinkage of the gums, and also the x-rays may note problems not visible to the naked eye.
As any doctor will tell you, dentist or not, a healthy lifestyle is your best tool for prevention.
Brush and floss! Consider a mouthwash after ward! Eat a balanced diet! Have regular check ups! These things alone will take you a long way down the road to oral health.