Gum disease can be controlled but not cured. Dedicated daily efforts must be consistent to control the disease. We can help you with your treatment plan. Bleeding gums are the most often ignored sign of a problem that causes more tooth loss than any other reason. Gums that bleed are also linked to problems that occur such as diabetes, heart disease, problem pregnancies and certain cancers.Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is the most common adult dental affliction. About 30% of the population experiences gum disease, and it’s the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Many denture cases begin as a result of the ravages of this condition. While not curable, it is controllable. But it requires a focused strategy, similar to managing other chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Gum disease can advance in stealth mode with few signs or symptoms in early stages. Many patients diagnosed with this condition find themselves surprised at the quiet damage progressing in their mouths. In simple terms, consider the gums and bone around your teeth as the foundation where they sit. Just like a house, the foundation must be sound regardless of the beauty of the house. When the foundation crumbles, the rest of it goes too. Regular dental exams, professional cleanings, and good oral hygiene practices at home are essential to detecting and strategically managing periodontitis. If you have gum disease, you know that it is never cured, only controlled. The bacteria responsible for this disease must be destroyed or removed daily to do that. Traditionally, you needed to brush and floss with meticulous care to slow down the destruction of the gums and supporting bone of the jaws. Even with the best care, most sufferers will periodically face re-treatment in the dental chair. Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleanings, and even surgeries may need to be repeated one or more times. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? PerioProtect® is an FDA-approved device to control the bacteria. It is a simple to use custom-made soft, flexible tray that you wear 10-15 minutes at a time. Inside you place a gel containing hydrogen peroxide that kills 99.98% of the bacteria causing the disease. The gums quickly recover their health and an added benefit research has shown – your overall health is improved! Call our office today and schedule an exam and consultation to learn more about this wonderful device!
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) is a restorative dental procedure involving the removal of plaque and calculus (tartar) stuck above and below the gumline. The procedure is necessary after a patient’s gums, bones, and surrounding tissues become damaged due to periodontal disease (periodontitis).