Periodontal disease is an infection & inflammatory disease which destroys the periodontal tissues. It is a gum & bone disease. Periodontal disease affects 3 out of 4 adults. It is caused by a growing colony of living bacteria called “plaque”.
In the early stages of periodontal disease there is little, if any pain; therefore, you may not notice the gradual onset of puffiness & occasional bleeding, especially while brushing. Without thorough removal, toxins from plaque cause the disease process to continue.
In our practice, we have implemented a Soft Tissue Management (STM) protocol that is specifically focused on each individual patient. As a part of complete oral evaluation & care, we routinely screen for signs of oral cancer, tooth decay, & gum disease.
If any of these 3 are present, we propose a customized treatment plan for each patient & treat them accordingly. Knowing that close to 80% of the general adult population suffers from some form of periodontal disease we look for & treat this problem to stop its progress & destruction.
If periodontal disease in not present, our patients are educated by providing them with the right tools & instruments to maintain their mouth healthy & away from signs of gum disease.
Since there is no cure for periodontal disease our patients are put through combination therapy of various methods to reduce the level of toxins in plaque & bringing them to a harmless level.
Research shows that periodontal disease is directly linked to various diseases a few of which are heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, & strokes. We take pride in educating our patients & maintaining them as healthy as possible.
The oral examination & study of your dental condition may have diagnosed that you have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, is a silent, persistent bacterial infection around the gums & bone that support your teeth. What are the symptoms:
Early detection & conservative treatment, along with Soft tissue Management, is performed to control disease & avoid need for surgical treatment.
As service to our patients & for their comfort, we try to perform almost every procedure needed in house. We have found over the years that it becomes an inconvenience for patients to travel to other offices to see different specialists. For this reason, for this reason, we are trained and certified to provide such services in-house to our patients.
For complex cases that require specialty work, we can arrange to have our specialists treat our patients in house, or we refer out to specialist that we trust and work closely with located close to our office.
Shake It Up!
You might be interested in an ultrasonic cleaning if:
You have a large buildup of dental tartar. Over time, the bacteria and dental plaque in your mouth form hard deposits of calculus, leading to tooth decay if left untreated. Unfortunately, your toothbrush isn’t going to help — only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove calculus from your teeth.
You have periodontal disease. Ultrasonic dental cleaning is used to remove dental calculus from under the gum line as well. As plaque creeps beneath the gums, it forms pockets of calculus that attack the surrounding gum and bone tissue. The result is gum disease, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Scaling is usually the first type of gum disease treatment used to battle periodontal disease, and it can easily be performed with an ultrasonic dental cleaning system.
The Wave of the Future
Ultrasonic dental cleaning offers both the dentist and patient several benefits:
– Using state-of-the-art ultrasonic dental cleaning equipment cuts down on the time it takes for scaling and root planing by removing more dental calculus at once.
– The procedure is often effective in limiting the progression of the early stages of gum disease.
– Scaling isn’t painful and can usually be done without local anesthesia or sedation dentistry. If you do experience sensitivity, your dentist can provide options to make you more comfortable.
– Ultrasonic dental cleaning is so powerful it can reduce the appearance of tooth stains!
Ultrasonic cleaning should be combined with hand scaling for optimal effects. The ultrasonic scaler is primarily designed to remove only large deposits of dental calculus, leaving your dentist to manually remove any tartar that’s left behind.