Periodontal Disease

3 Month Recare Procedure

Periodontal disease cannot be cured; it can only be controlled. That’s why we need to examine you every three months.

 

Alternatives in Perio Medications

After your scaling and root planing procedure, we may administer medication to control the infection and promote healing. Depending on your particular case, we may use Arestin, Atridox, or Periostat to administer antibiotics, or Periochip to deliver chlorhexidine.

 

Alternatives to Periodontal Treatment

It’s important to get your disease under control. First, we’ll thoroughly discuss all of your treatment options. Treatments include performing a scaling and root planing procedure to remove plaque and tartar below the gum line, inserting medicine at the infection site, and, in certain cases, surgery.

 

Arestin Procedure

After your scaling and root planing procedure, we may administer Arestin to control the infection and promote healing. Arestin is an antibiotic that kills the bacteria that cause periodontal disease.

 

Cardio Health and Perio

Some studies show that people with periodontal disease have a greater possibility of being diagnosed with heart disease than those without periodontal disease. Researchers suspect that’s because inflammation is a characteristic of both periodontal and heart disease.

 

Crown Lengthening Procedure

To restore a tooth there must be enough healthy tooth structure to support the restoration. If the tooth has been broken, or is severely decayed near the gumline, we may perform a crown lengthening procedure.

 

Dentline: Three Month Recare

Today we’re going to explore the reasons why your dentist and dental hygienist may want you to come in every 3 months instead of the normal 6 months schedule you’re used to.

 

Diabetes and Perio

If you have diabetes, you have an increased risk of developing periodontal disease. Diabetes contributes to periodontal disease in several ways. It can lower your body’s ability to fight off infection and can slow healing, it causes dry mouth, and often results in high blood sugar levels.

 

Diagnosing Gingivitis

Gingivitis, also known as gum disease, is inflammation of the gums. It’s often the first stage of periodontal disease. Some of the warning signs of gingivitis include: bleeding when brushing or flossing, redness where the gums and tooth meet, swollen gums, and bad breath.

 

Diagnosing Periodontal Disease

To determine if you have periodontal disease, we perform a thorough examination which includes taking X-rays to determine how much bone has been lost. We measure the depth of the pockets with a probe. A reading of more than three millimeters could be a sign of periodontal disease, and we’ll pay careful attention to those areas.

 

Did You Know: Caries Transfer

Children are born with no cavity-forming bacteria in their mouths. But a parent who has cavities, or is at high risk for them, can pass the cavity-causing bacteria to their young children.

 

Did You Know: Gum Disease

Did you know that healthy gums don’t bleed? A pink tinge on your toothbrush or gums that bleed when you floss often indicate gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease.

 

Esthetic Crown Lengthening Procedure

Esthetic Crown Lengthening is a procedure for reshaping bone and gum tissue and is a great way to treat teeth when they appear too short, or a gumline is uneven.

 

Flap Procedure

If you have deep gum pockets infected with periodontal disease, we may perform flap surgery to help the area heal. This procedure, sometimes called a pocket reduction, may be necessary when gum pockets are so deep that scaling and root planing cannot remove the infection.

 

Free Gingival Graft Procedure

When you don’t have enough healthy, strong gum tissue protecting your teeth, we can repair it with a Free Gingival Graft. Gums should be high and tight around the teeth. If you don’t have enough gum tissue, bacteria have more access to the tooth root and can attack the supporting bone.

 

Gingivetomy Procedure

A gingivectomy is a procedure to remove excess gum tissue. We may recommend it for a variety of reasons. People with periodontal disease may need a gingivectomy to reduce pockets that trap bacteria, or to remove diseased gum tissue.

 

Health Watch: Perio and Brushing

You know the saying about an apple a day. Another simple way to prevent everything from bad breath to heart disease begins with the proper use of one of these, every day.

 

Low Birth Weight and Perio

If you have periodontal disease while you’re pregnant, it may be putting your baby’s health at risk. There is some evidence that expectant mothers with periodontal disease are more likely to deliver a premature baby with a low birth weight.

 

Post-op Instructions for Periodontal Surgery

Now that you’ve had surgery on your gums, it’s important to make sure you are as comfortable as possible to maximize the chance for success. Relax and avoid all strenuous activities for the first 24 hours following surgery.

 

Post-op Instructions for Scaling and Root Planing

Now that you’ve had scaling and root planing therapy, it’s important to follow these recommendations to speed healing. If we used an anesthetic during the procedure, avoid chewing until the numbness has worn off completely. Wait at least 2 hours before eating, and then select a soft diet for the first 48 to 72 hours, chewing on the opposite side of your mouth.

 

Pregnancy and Perio

When you’re pregnant, your hormonal activity increases. That can lead to a number of oral conditions. Increased levels of estrogen and progesterone can make it easier for bacteria in plaque to grow. Bleeding gums are common during this time, and you may develop pregnancy gingivitis.

 

Replacing Bone Procedure

When periodontal disease has destroyed the bone around your teeth, a bone grafting procedure can often be used to replace the missing bone. We begin the procedure by preparing the replacement material, which may be your own bone, bone from another source, or artificial bone.

 

Respiratory Infections and Perio

If you have periodontal disease, you should know that it can contribute to respiratory infections. Evidence suggests that the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can contribute to, or worsen, infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 

Sinus Lift Procedure

If you have lost a tooth due to periodontal disease, you probably have significant bone loss. That’s because when you lose a tooth, the jaw becomes smaller where the tooth was.

 

Smoking and Perio

By now almost everyone knows that smoking has been linked to lung disease, cancer, and heart disease. But most people aren’t aware that smokers are much more likely to lose their teeth.

 

Sub Epithelial Gingival Graft Procedure

When gums recede and expose the roots of the teeth, a gingival graft can repair the damage. The loss of protective gum tissue can lead to significant decay in the roots and painful sensitivity.

 

Ultrasonic Scaling Procedure

Ultrasonic scaling is one of the most effective procedures for removing plaque and tartar.

 

What is a Periodontal Abscess?

A periodontal abscess is a pocket of pus that typically forms in the space between the gums and the tooth. You may know you have an abscess when the affected tooth hurts when you tap or bite on it, the tooth is slightly loose, the gums bleed, and they are swollen, shiny, and red or deep red-blue.

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