Effective Gum Disease Treatments In Clearwater
Hello and welcome to another July edition of the Clearwater Dental Associates blog!
We hope that you are enjoying this amazing Florida summer. Even though you are probably preoccupied with soaking up the sun, be sure to take some time to schedule your next appointment with us sooner rather than later so that we can keep you on-track as far as oral health goes and get you back on the good road fast should anything ever go awry.
Speaking of things being amiss in your mouth, today we want to talk about our restorative dentistry treatment program for gum disease.
Here’s the thing: gum disease starts out as gingivitis, which can create discomfort, but it can be easily contained and reversed. But if you aren’t visiting the dentist regularly, you might never know it is there.
Puffy gums, bleeding when brushing, and sensitivity at the gum-line are telltale signs of gingivitis. Like we said, treatment for gingivitis is usually conservative and can often be completed with a routine cleaning every 3 months.
The bad news is that once this condition advances to full-blown periodontal disease, you could start losing teeth, and it could adversely affect your general wellness if the bacteria that causes gum disease gets loose in your bloodstream.
Get this: gum disease has actually been correlated to heart and respiratory problems, as well as cancer. It is nothing to take lightly!
Around here, we take gum disease seriously and we have some effective treatments that will vary according to your current needs.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are normally the initial steps we take for treating mild cases of gum disease. This is basically a deep cleaning. Scaling and root planing reach way below your gum line to take care of any buildup of plaque and tartar on the roots of your teeth.
Here’s how it works: after we have applied a local anesthetic, will we perform a full cleaning that covers above and below the gum line. This will help to limit the spread of infection and restore the health of your smile.
When more action is required, it may be necessary to remove part of the gum tissue that is severely infected. This will allow us to save your teeth and other soft tissues while preventing the spread of gum disease.
We can also provide gum surgery to reduce your periodontal pockets, as well as gum grafting. With pocket reduction surgery, our objective is to reduce periodontal pockets, which are a loosening of your gums as a result of periodontal disease.
As part of this treatment, we will intensely clean, treat, and then allow for healing over the course of several weeks.
Let Us Restore Your Smile!
At Clearwater Dental Associates, we are here to help you take back your health with our restorative dentistry solutions.
So, if you suspect you are dealing with gum disease, don’t put off your periodontal treatment. Contact us online or call our Clearwater, FL office today at 727-373-6628!