Periodontal disease also known as gum disease affects 90% of adult Americans at one time or another. It is the result of a bacterial infection and is the number one cause of tooth loss in the United States today.
By working in partnership with your dental hygienist, you can strive toward elimination of harmful pathogens, healing of affected tissue, regeneration of structural and functional components.
Step 1- Diagnosis
A thorough examination will be given to determine your personal level of disease activity and the level of damage. This is accomplished through a comprehensive examination of the periodontal structures and may include a salivary test to determine the type and amount of bacteria living in the spaces between the teeth and gums. This test allows us to see which bacteria are high-risk versus low-risk. You will be given information about periodontal disease and a full explanation of your particular situation.
Step 2- Treatment
After your initial diagnosis, your individualized treatment will be planned. This treatment may include some or all of the following:
Review previous treatments and home care regimen
Measure pockets as indicated
Diagnostic Salivary Test
Irrigate and cleanse diseased areas thoroughly with an antibacterial solution
Meticulously remove bacteria and debris from root surfaces and between teeth and gums
Review home care instructions and dispense medications as prescribed
Follow-up visits to check progress
Step 4- Home Care
Self -treatment is the most important part of this process. Consistency with your home care regimen will contribute greatly to our chances of success. Your home care program will be designed specifically for your individual needs.
Once the targeted areas are free of bacteria and the pockets have shown signs of healing, you will enter the maintenance phase of the program. We will closely monitor your oral health every 3 to 4 months.
If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause pain, breath odor, loosening of the teeth and ultimately tooth loss. Any infection has the possibility of spreading to adjacent tissues and even vital organs, thereby contributing to more serious health problems. Current research seems to indicate a potential link between periodontal disease, the risk of heart attack, stroke, pre-term birth, and other systemic diseases. It also seems to indicate that the harmful microorganisms present can be transmitted from person to person.
If you need a professional cleaning or think you may have gum disease and want an individualized treatment call us today.