What is the treatment for Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, known as gum disease, occurs over time as bacteria found in your mouth blends with particles of food and saliva. This creates a gummy plaque that causes dental issues if it remains untreated. Most men and women believe that daily brushing and flossing are enough to remove the plaque, but this isn't the case. As the plaque builds up and turns into tartar on your teeth, your gums might begin to have a negative reaction. If this happens to you, it is important to see an experienced professional, like those at KFA Dental Excellence, as soon as possible. When periodontal disease moves beyond the beginning stage (which is gingivitis) into the stages known as periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, bone and tooth loss become very real possibilities.
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Can I Benefit from Periodontal Treatment?
Good candidates for periodontal treatments range from those with minor gum inflammation to those with major loss of soft tissues, teeth, and even bone. Whether you've noticed the beginning stages of periodontal issues or it's already caused you to lose teeth, you will want to seek treatment immediately to prevent further damage. When your gums become inflamed, it can be a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis, which means, “inflammation around the tooth.” This can cause bad breath that won’t go away, tender or loose teeth, painful chewing, and receding and bleeding gums. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to make an appointment at KFA Dental Excellence to get them checked out.
How Can I Treat My Periodontal Disease?
If you have gum disease, there are a few different ways we can treat it. The primary goal is to prevent further infection. Our team at KFA Dental Excellence usually starts with a tiny tool known as a probe, which works similarly to a very small ruler that we will use to check and measure any affected pockets near and under the teeth. Digital x-rays will also help us confirm any deterioration. Depending on results, the amount and kinds of treatments will differ based on how your gum disease has progressed. Treatments usually begin with a deep cleaning to remove plaque by using a technique called scaling and root planing. We might also have you take prescription medicine to fight off infections. We may consider bone and tissue grafts if you are in the advanced stages of the disease.
Can I Recover from Gum Disease?
Healing from a periodontal issue is possible. The trick to effective healing is to keep up with a rigorous dental care routine at home. During your treatments, we will also look into how you can further benefit from changing, enhancing, or stopping certain behaviors, such as smoking (which can amplify the effects of the disease). Your treatment will be customized based on the severity of the disease (and your particular needs) so recovery timeframes will vary from person to person. It's very important to brush twice daily using fluoride toothpaste, floss often to eliminate buildup between your teeth, and see KFA Dental Excellence for your regular checkups.
Periodontal Treatment FAQs
Does periodontal treatment hurt?
At KFA Dental Excellence, we strive to keep our patients as comfortable as possible, all while providing the care they need. We will always numb any area of your mouth when performing a procedure. If you need additional sedative options for enhancing your comfort, please feel free to discuss this with us before your treatment begins.
Can gum disease be cured?
Gum disease is known to be a progressive disease. It cannot be cured, but if caught in time at our Farmingdale, NY office, we can manage the symptoms and prevent worsening progression. Working with our experienced specialists helps to guarantee the maximum health of your gums.
What happens if my periodontal disease progresses?
If left alone or untreated, periodontal disease can be debilitating. You may notice increasing breakdown of supporting structures like teeth and bone loss with worsening periodontal disease. To ensure that you prevent further disease and maintain your gum health, be sure to schedule periodontal treatment at our office promptly.
Even though periodontal disease is not entirely curable, therapy and regular attention by an excellent dental team can help keep your symptoms manageable. If you think you have the symptoms of gum disease, or you would like more info about the condition and other treatment choices we currently provide, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled dentists at KFA Dental Excellence today.
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