Periodontal TherapyAn Overview
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a progressive bacterial infection of the gum tissue. In advanced cases, periodontal disease can compromise the health and integrity of the gum tissue, teeth, and the supporting bone structure. Periodontal disease is usually the result of poor oral hygiene, which suggests it is preventable with routine visits to the dentist and healthy oral hygiene practices.
Gum disease is best treated during the earliest stages. As the disease progresses, patients may experience advanced symptoms like tooth and bone loss. The goal is to catch gum disease before it compromises the overall health and function of your natural smile.
Common Signs of Gum Disease:
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Swollen or tender gums
- Receding gum line
- Shifting teeth
- Changes in the bite
- Tooth sensitivity
- Bleeding gums
- Tooth loss
If you notice any changes to your oral health, be sure to inform Dr. Garpetti or Dr. Hyder during your next visit. Any of the symptoms listed above can be an indication of a developing form of periodontal disease.
Periodontal Therapy What to Expect
The earliest stage of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to a more severe stage of gum disease called periodontitis. Studies have suggested that advanced staged of gum disease may increase your risk of developed certain systemic health concerns. Gum disease may increase the risk of heart disease diabetes, stroke, bone recession, facial regression, and stroke.
Taking steps to improve the health of your gums is not only important for your oral health but your overall health as well.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Treatment for periodontal disease will depend on the complexity and stage of gum disease for that patient. Drs. Garpetti and Hyder offer a complete range of periodontal therapy solutions to treat various stages of gum disease. Our team will asses the condition of your oral health before creating a personalized solution to address your needs. The goal of treatment is to eliminate disease tissue and restore health to your smile.
Depending on your specific case, we may recommend one or more of these solutions to restore health to the teeth and gums.
- Antibacterial Rinses: This form of treatment is often recommended in the earliest stage of gum disease. Antibacterial rinses help remove harmful bacteria that may contribute to the progression of gum disease.
- Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing is an intensive deep cleaning of the teeth and gum line. The goal is to remove bacteria buildup from the gums.
- Laser Dentistry: In some cases, laser dentistry is an effective, non-invasive alternative to oral surgery. We use The Solea® Dental Laser to safely eliminate disease tissue. The Solea Dental Laser is a noiseless, anesthesia-free, effective solution for a wide range of dental concerns, including gum disease. Laser dentistry help promote the body’s natural healing response and encourages faster healing.
- Oral Surgery: In advanced cases of gum disease gum surgery may be needed to repair damaged gum tissue. Patients may need to undergo gums surgery, bone grafting, or other methods to restore health to their teeth and gums.
Dr. Garpetti and Dr. Hyder will work with you to determine which treatment options are right for you.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are experiencing any sign of gum disease or you have not visited the dentist recently for a preventive care exam, visit our team at LIFESmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Drs. Garpetti and Hyder offer a full range of periodontal therapy solutions to address various stages of gum disease. To schedule an appointment, call (208) 254-6365 or request an appointment online.