Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a dental condition that attacks the gums and the supporting structures of the mouth. The disease arises when harmful bacteria are trapped in plaque and begin to invade the gums. When plaque hardens to tartar or calculus, the periodontal disease gets more profound in the mouth. The gingiva or gum tissue attachments start to detach and separate from the teeth. As a result, you have deeper gum pockets forming that provide hiding places for harmful bacteria. Our team at Century Dental treats gum disease in its various stages, including the advanced stage termed periodontitis. Once we complete the treatment, we schedule you for a periodontal maintenance program.
What to Expect in Periodontal Care
During your appointment with our team, we will do the cleaning of the mouth, teeth, and gingival tissue. Different kinds of cleanings are done. The first one is supragingival cleaning, which focuses on the areas above the gumline. Our dentist or hygienist cleans these areas to wash away bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Second is the subgingival cleaning, in which our hygienist cleans the areas below the gumline, removing bacterial plaque, tartar, and gum deposits. Additionally, our dental team conducts root planing. Here, we smoothen out the roots of teeth to eliminate the remaining bacteria and reduce toughened areas and crevices that create hiding spaces for bacteria and plaque, the thick, sticky biofilm forming on tooth surfaces. Moreover, we place an antibiotic within the pockets to ensure comfort and foster healthy healing of the gums. We may conduct x-rays to check the bone and gum recession. X-rays also spot areas that need further dental attention.
Benefits of Periodontal Care
We understand that periodontitis is irreversible, unlike the mild form of this infection called gingivitis. Controlling and managing periodontitis is very vital. Our dentist performs periodontal maintenance and care in order to make sure that the infection does not come back aggressively. Periodontal maintenance ensures that by removing tartar, your gums remain healthy and the teeth look brighter. Removing tartar provides both preventive and cosmetic benefits. Another benefit is that you have fresh breath. Since the cleaning of the gums and teeth during periodontal maintenance removes hidden bacteria that contribute to bad breath, it means that you combat halitosis. Moreover, there is a valid connection between overall health and bacteria or inflammation in the gingival tissue. Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and stroke have been connected to severe gum disease. Bacteria that linger in the mouth in large amounts can get into the bloodstream, spreading to other areas in the body where they cause infection. Keeping the gums and bones as healthy as possible makes an important part of maintaining good overall health. Talk to us about gum disease treatment and control. We will provide you with treatment and educate you on how to prevent it in the first place. You should never wait longer when you suspect you have gingivitis or gum disease. Taking action early on helps prevent the further progression of the disease. When we treat you for gum disease, particularly periodontal disease, we book you for successive maintenance program appointments. You should not skip these appointments at all, even when you feel that everything is fine with your gums. Visit us today at Century Dental for your periodontal care or to receive treatment for gum disease. We can help you with all of your preventative dentistry and restorative dentistry needs. You can reach us at (971) 708-1608 to schedule your appointment.