Once gingivitis is allowed to progress, it turns into periodontitis, which is severe gum disease. Allowing your gum disease to progress to this point means that you may experience bone loss and tooth loss as a result. It is vital to your health that you receive treatment for your condition.
When it comes to periodontal therapy, it is a process that includes three distinct steps.
The first step of the process is the diagnosis. This means that you will come into our office for a consultation with our periodontist and he will examine your teeth and mouth and measure the space between your teeth and gums. If you have periodontitis, it will be diagnosed and you will be informed.
The next stage of the process is the treatment phase. During this phase, you will receive treatment for your periodontal disease. The treatment you receive may include a series of different treatments.
We offer non-surgical gum therapy in our office and this type of therapy is used to treat gum disease without you having to undergo oral surgery. We utilize a procedure called root scaling and planing, which cleans your teeth and roots from all bacteria and plaque deep below the gumline. We also offer medication to heal any infections.
When needed, you may need to have oral surgery to correct gum disease that is too advanced for non-surgical treatment. The last step in the process is the maintenance phase. This is the time to maintain your teeth and gums through regular follow-ups, proper dental hygiene, and even cosmetic solutions including, braces, dentures, bridges, and dental implants.
The last step in the process is the maintenance phase. This is the time to maintain your teeth and gums through regular follow-ups, proper dental hygiene, and even cosmetic solutions including, braces, dentures, bridges, and dental implants.
One of our dentists will discuss a maintenance plan with you and it may require you to come into our office more than twice a year for checkups. It is important to maintain your teeth and gums once your gum disease has been corrected because it can come back.
Gum disease starts out as gingivitis and this is the early form of it. When left untreated, gingivitis turns into periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease. If you believe that you have gum disease, it is important that you speak with your dentist immediately to address the problem. When caught and treated early on, patients can maintain their current state of dental health.
Call IONA Dental Office today to discuss our non-surgical gum therapy to heal gum disease.
Gum disease is caused when an infection forms due to plaque or tartar that extends beyond the gum line within your mouth. Plaque is them thin film that is left on your teeth after you eat or drink. This film will harden over time and become tartar, if it is not removed through routine brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings.
It is important to know the symptoms of gum disease so that you can keep an eye out and identify any problem areas. Some of the most common symptoms include:
At IONA Dental Office, we offer non-surgical gum therapy options to treat and heal gum disease. Our non-surgical options are preferred by patients who do not want to undergo any type of surgical procedure to cure the condition.
The most common form of non-surgical therapy includes root planing and scaling. This is a procedure where the hygienist will remove all plaque and tartar that is present on your tooth’s roots.
Medication is another option that is used when the infection requires a more aggressive treatment. When you need medication, our dentist will prescribe you an antibiotic designed to kill bacteria and stop gum disease in its tracks.
Lastly, laser therapy may be used to remove the tartar when scaling and planing is not quite enough. This process does not require any type of surgery and is completed right in our office.
Please call us today to schedule your consultation with one of our dentists or fill up the contact form and we will call you back.