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Periodontal Therapy

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.

Common Periodontal Therapy Questions
What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is characterized by a systemic infection of the gingiva. When surface debris like tartar accumulates on the gums and in between teeth, the gums become inflamed and subsequently infected due to irritants.

If periodontal disease is not addressed with improved oral hygiene and professional intervention, the condition will worsen – normally to the point of bone atrophy and tooth loss. Gum disease is one of the leading oral health complications facing people in the United States today. In fact, research points to up to 80% of the adult-aged population in the U.S. will develop some form of periodontal disease in their lifetimes. Gum disease is the primary cause of adult tooth loss as well.

Diagnosing gum disease begins with attending routine checkups and cleanings. During regular appointments, our team screens for signs of gum disease closely. Our mission is to improve oral health with preventive treatments and professional intervention when necessary.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a form of early gum disease. If addressed with improved oral hygiene and professional care, gingivitis is reversible. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance quite quickly. Many times, inadequate oral hygiene and not keeping routine appointments for professional cleanings cause gingivitis. Sometimes hormonal fluctuations and health conditions that irritate soft oral tissue contribute to the development of gingivitis.

Detecting gum disease is an easy process when patients visit our practice for recommended checkups and cleanings. During visits, our team will evaluate the appearance and texture of the gingiva along with measuring the depth and width of periodontal pockets that form when tartar begins to accumulate along the gum line.

Early staged gum disease can be cured if patients follow our dentists’ recommendations closely and receive professional prophylaxis.

What should I do about bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums is a classic sign of periodontal disease. If you happen to notice blood on your toothbrush and/or dental floss, do not stop performing regular oral hygiene. Continue to floss and brush as normal, by following your oral health care provider’s exact recommendations. Stopping your oral hygiene routine because of the presence of blood will likely contribute to the advancement of gingival irritation and inflammation.

It is important, however, to take action in the form of making an appointment at Kessler Dental Associates for a checkup. At your appointment, we will evaluate your gum health and determine if your symptoms require professional intervention, dietary changes, or improved oral hygiene.

Why do I need to see a periodontist?

Our team offers patients convenient access to world-class oral health professionals including specialists like periodontists. To practice as a periodontist, a person must pass rigorous board certification testing along with advanced education and training to treat conditions that affect the gingiva and roots of teeth.

Periodontists are experts at diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. Visiting a periodontist is beneficial for those suffering from gum disease in all its forms because patients receive highly focused care from a specialist. Seeking treatment from a periodontist is especially wise for patients with advanced and complex forms of gum disease.