Periodontal disease is a major threat to people’s oral health. In fact, periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of adult-aged tooth loss. When our gums become inflamed and infected by surface debris, we must act quickly before it advances into a chronic, systemic health condition. Preventing and managing the periodontal disease is imperative for preserving vital oral tissue and reducing this condition’s far-reaching effects.
Kessler Dental Associates is home to talented dentists and specialists like periodontists, who strive to improve gum health with regular periodontal disease screenings and effective treatment protocols. If you suspect that you have gum disease, we encourage you to act quickly. The sooner you seek diagnosis and treatment, the better your chances of thwarting the advancement of this disease.
The Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease
The depth and width of periodontal pockets increases as tartar accumulates along the gum line and between teeth. This paired with the gums pulling away from teeth as an inflammatory response leaves the roots of teeth unprotected against harmful bacteria and surface debris. As the gums pull away, there is even more space for unhealthy tartar accumulation.
Periodontal disease aggressively attacks the gingiva – which is an integral part of the oral health system that supports the positioning of teeth and protects their roots from exposure to irritants and pathogens. As the disease progresses, the infection spreads, eventually attacking bone tissue. Bone deterioration is incredibly common among people with an uncontrolled periodontal disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a thorough method for removing tartar and debris below the gum line and along the roots of teeth. Its objectives are to clean infected and necrotized tissue while smoothing the roots of teeth to prevent the attachment of new tartar deposits.
When dentists or periodontists prescribe scaling and root planing as a treatment option, it is divided into phases. Each phase of treatment focuses on a different quadrant of the mouth. Increasing oral hygiene with proper brushing and flossing in addition to treatments like scaling and root planing will help control the advancement of periodontal disease.
Surgical Treatment Options
Advanced and complex cases of periodontal disease sometimes require surgical treatment. Treating gum disease with surgical protocols can aid in the regeneration of the gingiva as well as graft tissue where it had been lost to the condition’s destructive nature. Bone and gum grafts are surgical treatments that can help rebuild precious tissue that supports the stability of teeth.
Other treatment options such as antibiotics and prescription mouth rinses can be used to improve gum health as well.
If you have gum disease, do not lose hope. Kessler Dental Associates is here to help; call us today to reserve an appointment.