Good strong teeth need a good strong foundation, and that’s why we feel so strongly about protecting your periodontal health. When the bone, gum tissue, and connective fibers become damaged or weakened around your teeth, we may recommend one or more periodontal procedures to control the problem.
Understanding Your Periodontal Health
Your teeth are held firmly in position by an intricate network of hard and soft tissues. When any of these tissues becomes weak or damaged, the condition is known as periodontal disease. Quite often, the supportive structures around the teeth can be destroyed by a bacterial infection, but these structures are also vulnerable to traumatic incidents and developmental abnormalities.
This means that your periodontal disease could be the result of plaque buildup and inadequate flossing, abrasion from your toothbrush bristles, or your nightly habit of teeth grinding and clenching. We’ll help you to identify the cause of the damage and then guide you towards the treatment method that will put you back on the track to good health.
Scaling and Root Planing
When plaque bacteria and tartar have been identified as the causes of your periodontal disease, we will first determine the extent of the infection and then recommend a specialized cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. A periodontal infection that has spread below the gum line cannot be managed with a toothbrush and floss alone, nor can it be controlled with a routine “cleaning”.
To target the source of the infection and eliminate the bacterial colonies which have formed beneath the gum line, it may be necessary to numb your gum tissue with local anesthetics and thoroughly debride the teeth and the root surfaces. Once the irritants have been removed, we will provide you with the coaching that you’ll need to prevent the infection from returning. We may recommend more frequent dental visits for you as part of our periodontal maintenance program and we’ll help you to adopt the proper oral hygiene habits at home.
Better Oral Health for Better Overall Health
Controlling a periodontal infection is a smart way to prevent the inflammation from affecting the rest of your body. To find the harmony between your periodontal health and your overall health, schedule your appointment today.