Gum Disease Management
Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious condition that results in the destruction of bone, gingival attachment, and ultimately leads to tooth loss. It’s also directly associated with health conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even fertility concerns. Therapy for gum disease has an impact on not only the stability of your smile, but also your quality of health.
Treatments for Periodontal Disease
Scaling and root planing (“deep cleanings”) are used to remove the accumulation of plaque and tartar deep across the root surfaces of affected teeth. Depending on the extent of the infection, we may also recommend a prescription mouth rinse to manage symptoms of bleeding and swelling. For our patients who respond well to a deep cleaning, it may be possible to place them back on a six month recare schedule with our hygienist, to prevent disease relapse.
If chronic symptoms of severe disease are present, a three month maintenance schedule is recommended. More frequent visits allow us to closely monitor active disease sites and treat them with adjunctive therapies such as:
- Locally placed antibiotics (Arestin)
- Gingivectomies, crown lengthening, and pocket reduction
- Osseous (bone) surgery
- Flap surgery for cleanings
Laser Bacterial Reduction
Our laser-certified hygienists utilize laser bacterial reduction (LBR) techniques to destroy infectious bacteria inside of the gum pockets around the teeth. This technique facilitates faster recovery following a deep cleaning, including tissue reattachment. It’s done in conjunction with your scaling and root planing or maintenance procedure.
How Do You Know If You Have Gum Disease?
Some individuals are more susceptible to periodontitis because it runs in their family. Others develop it because of a lack of adequate home care. Symptoms include bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, bad breath, receding gumlines, and tooth mobility. Bone loss will also be visible on your dental x-rays.
If you suspect that you have gum disease or want a second opinion, schedule a complimentary consultation at Heritage Oak Dental in Rocklin, today. Most PPO insurance plans are accepted.