Periodontal Disease Treatment

Maryville and Knoxville, TN

Periodontal disease is related to the gums. It is a term that is used to describe many ailments that can affect the area inside the mouth from a bacteria infection that is untreated. It can range from bleeding and puffy gums to more serious damage to the gums, teeth and bone deterioration. It is said that a good number of these periodontal issues can be avoided by following healthy dental habits and proper daily oral hygiene care.

Causes and Symptoms

What Is Periodontal DiseaseThe simplest answer for the various causes is plaque. It is an often colorless, sometimes white, sticky, substance that coats the teeth. There are millions of bacteria and microorganisms thriving in the mouth, which is a comfortable spot for them due to a constant supply of food. The environment in the mouth is not very harsh and the temperature is optimal for them. When bacteria comes in contact with the food that stays back in the mouth, it forms plaque on the teeth. Regular brushing of the teeth can eliminate almost all fresh plaque deposits in the mouth. When this does not happen, the plaque get scaly and forms tartar that cannot be removed by brushing.

You know that you have some sort of a gum problem when:

  • Your gums get swollen and turn red.
  • Your breath smells bad constantly.
  • Your gums bleed upon contact.
  • You experience pain or sensitivity while chewing.
  • Your gums start receding, making your teeth seem longer than usual.
  • Your teeth feel loose or shaky

Ultrasonic Therapy

During ultrasonic therapy, the dental hygienist uses an instrument called an ultrasonic scaler, The ultrasonic vibrations are to literally blast dental tartar, calculus from off the root surface of the teeth and around the bleeding gum tissue! As the ultrasonic scalar vibrates, it produces sound waves to break apart stubborn hard buildup around your teeth. Water flows gently out of the tip’s end to wash away debris from around the area treated. Although you won’t feel the vibrations or hear the sound waves, you’ll most likely notice that your teeth feel cleaner. And your dentist will have significantly reduced the amount plaque and bacteria that causes most dental diseases. If you hate all the scraping that you remember then you will appreciate the modern technology at Crestview Dental Care.

There are many methods that dentists employ in the treatment of various periodontal issues as the main aim is to reduce bacteria build-up and prevent the disease from spreading further trough your blood stream. Some of the best and most effective methods of treating the disease are

Laser Therapy Treatment

This is in adjunct to ultrasonic scaling and root planning the infected area(s) of the mouth. It has been found, through ongoing research, that laser treatment is highly effective in sterilizing the bacteria in the infected pockets of the gums, controlling inflammation and putting the patient on an effective maintenance program that will help to keep the disease controlled.(this is an ongoing and aggressive care process that takes dedication and compliance from the patient)

Arestin Medication

Arestin is a oral antibiotic that is directly applied to the gums either as a stand alone medication issued at ongoing maintenance or is paired with periodontal therapy. It is favored by dentists and progressive dental hygienist around the world as an effective way to treat bad bacteria in the pockets around the tooth.

If you have noticed anything different about your gums or have spotted blood while brushing or flossing, it is highly recommended to appoint with your dentist. When left untreated, gum problems can turn out to be detrimental to your physical appearance (teeth support your face, help you eat properly and keep your mouth postured properly for breathing)as well as mental stress and overall dental pain.  Your commitment to dental hygiene is a life-long, ongoing process. Dr. Goza and Dr. Spears from Crestview Dental Care can help you with your dental concerns. Call for your appointment today!

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Painful, Bleeding Gums? You may have periodontal disease.