Thank you for choosing Dr. Jeff Strickland at Spanish Trail Dentistry for your periodontal treatment! Even if you believe your periodontic symptoms are not severe at this point in time, it is important to get checked out sooner than later. Not only will doing this improve the condition of your teeth, but it will also cost far less money in the long run, which is a benefit to you. Our Pensacola, Florida office is fully equipped for any and all procedures that arise to handle your specific periodontal needs whatever they may be. Below, we will describe the various types of periodontal disease and the ways with which to treat them.
What is Periodontal Disease & How is it caused?
Periodontal Disease, or more commonly known as gum disease, affects many adults all over the US and worldwide. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, and can cause a growth in plaque and tartar. This will cause irritation to the surrounding tissues and create a variety of issues for both the gums and the teeth. Some of these include:
· Red or swollen gums
· Bleeding / tender gums
· Painful biting & chewing
· Loose or sensitive teeth
· Receding gums which make teeth appear longer
If the symptoms above are causing you worry, fear not, for not all hope is lost. If gum disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and little to no damage has been done, then the treatment is simple. An extra dental cleaning or two and good dental care from that point forward should suffice to keep your gums healthy. We will be sure to give you the proper instructions and tools necessary to ensure proper oral hygiene habits from here on out.
If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, also known as periodontitis, a special periodontal cleaning will be recommended to treat you. This cleaning is called scaling and root planning, which is a type of deep cleaning. It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). Along with healing the gums, this procedure also allows the pockets in between tissue to shrink and helps to prevent bacteria from easily entering again. After the in office procedure, medications, special mouth rinses, and an electric toothbrush may be recommended to help control infection and expedite the healing process.
If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.
Schedule a Visit Today!
Periodontal disease is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Therefore, if any of the symptoms listed above seem familiar to you, please do schedule an appointment with us, and we’ll take good care of you. On the other hand, if you simply want to have Dr. Strickland check out the condition of your gums to make sure they’re in tiptop shape, that’s fine too. Our gums are the key to keeping the rest of our mouth healthy, so let’s be sure to do what we can and assist them however possible!