Non-Surgical Treatment (Scaling and Root Planing)
Once a diagnosis has been made, and a patient has accepted they have periodontal disease, anxiety and depression can set in due to the progressive nature of the disease. They picture expensive surgical procedures and a great deal of pain and suffering. While some of that may be true it is not always the case. There is some hope. Certainly, the disease will do its best to destroy the teeth and soft tissue of the oral cavity, but if caught early enough, the disease, in some cases, can potentially be cured. This of course means early detection which can only happen if the patient remains diligent in their self-examinations and oral hygiene practices.
For those patients who feel they may have some of the symptoms of gum disease or they have other areas of concern, please call us today at Periodontal Health Professionals. We are more than willing to provide a thorough exam and discuss the necessary steps for treatment.
Gum Disease: The Common Causes
While many people know brushing and flossing are important, they may fail to realize why. We all have bacteria living in our mouths. It helps to maintain a healthy mouth. The problem arises when these bacteria are left to grow to toxic levels which begin to deteriorate and break down both the soft and hard tissues of the mouth. This begins when the bacteria turn to tartar, a sticky substance, which adheres to the tooth. If not removed, this easily changes into plaque which can only be removed by a dental professional.
That is why it is ever so important to always remember to brush and floss at least twice a day to ensure these bacteria are removed and kept at safe levels. If they are not removed with regularity, they can irritate the gums and cause gingivitis which is also known as the first stage of gum disease. This is the only stage at which the disease can be cured.
While not everyone will get periodontal disease, there are several factors which can increase your chances of developing it. One of these is the use of tobacco products. This includes E-cigarettes. There are prescription medications which can cause dry mouth which eliminates saliva from helping to protect the teeth and gums.
Options for Treatment
There are both non-surgical and surgical treatment courses available to treat periodontal disease. These can lessen the symptoms and help to slow the disease. The non-surgical variety of treatment is only recommended in the initial stages of the disease.
One of the easiest forms of non-surgical treatment is the introduction of antibiotics. Due to the gum disease being bacterial in nature, a course of antibiotics, in many cases, is an effective treatment option. When used in combination with other treatment options, they can be even more so. Scaling and root planing are two other non-surgical options. They help to remove bacteria from both above and below the gumline.
While patients may be anxious about what treatment courses would be most effective, they should come in to see us and discuss the options. Come see us at Periodontal Health Professionals. We are available by phone as well. We are at this number (856) 702-4340.