Gum disease (periodontal disease) is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults – ahead of tooth decay and accidents! Combating it early on is important if you want to enjoy a healthy smile for life.
Just because your mother or father wore dentures doesn’t mean you will as well. The fact is, you have better access to preventive and therapeutic dental care than your parents and grandparents did. It’s possible to preserve your natural teeth for the rest of your life.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
How can you know whether or not you have gum disease? Symptoms typically include problems like:
- Mobile teeth
- Gum recession
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Bad breath
Unfortunately, periodontitis is also directly linked with health problems like cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and even premature labor. Eliminating the infectious bacteria from your mouth can boost your immune system and make it easier to address other health problems.
Our dentists and hygienists screen for gum disease during each exam, cleaning, and while inspecting your x-rays. Deep “pockets” may develop just under your gumlines, due to detachment of the gums from your tooth surfaces. These areas can be difficult (if not impossible) to clean on your own.
Scaling and Root Planing
“Deep cleanings” are the recommended form of therapy for combatting periodontal disease. During these visits, we will numb one side of your mouth at a time to perform the cleaning, ensuring your comfort throughout the entire procedure. Or, you can elect to have sedation and complete both cleanings all at once!
Having a deep cleaning performed can help you avoid the need for oral surgery, bone grafting, or unnecessary extractions due to bone loss. We recommend taking proactive measures as soon as signs of gum detachment or bone recession begin.
What is a Deep Cleaning?
During a periodontal scaling, we remove tartar deposits inside of the deep gum pockets around your teeth. This prevents further bone loss and tissue detachment from becoming more severe. Once the area is clean, it’s possible for your tissues to reattach to the tooth, so that no more connective structures are compromised.
Our Smile Design Dental hygienists will work with you to create a careful home oral hygiene plan to improve your recovery and aid in tissue reattachment. Then, we will have you come back to our office every 3 to 4 months for continued maintenance to monitor your recovery process. Depending on how well you respond to treatment, most patients eventually spread their preventive or maintenance visits out again to every 6 months. They key is to prevent the return of buildup and to control all signs of inflammation.
Smile Design Dental provides comprehensive periodontal therapy at each of our Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Margate, and Plantation office locations. We’re happy to work directly with your insurance provider to arrange maximum benefit coverage, so that your care is as affordable as possible. After all, there’s nothing better than saving and restoring your natural teeth! Call today to schedule your periodontal screening and exam.