Gum disease may not be the number-one dental health concern, but it’s in the top three. It’s also the leading cause of adult tooth loss, which can create a host of other dental health problems on top of your progressing gum disease. Periodontic treatment involves helping patients with early or advanced signs of gum disease successfully protect their smiles from its potential damages. That may include deep (periodontal) cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, with the help of advanced, ultrasonic technology.
Ultrasonic scaling and root planing comfortably removes the oral bacteria buildup (plaque and tartar) that has settled on your teeth roots. If your gum tissues have also become compromised because of the disease, then you may also need ongoing expert periodontal treatment to keep the disease from growing worse.
Preventing and Treating Gum Disease
The first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, is caused by oral bacteria that work their way underneath your gums. As long as they remain, the harmful microbes can irritate and inflame your gums. This leads to progressively worse damage to your gums, the periodontal ligaments that stabilize your teeth roots, and the jawbone structure that supports it all. Therefore, the most important step in preventing or treating gum disease is to remove this bacteria buildup. After ultrasonic scaling, your dentist can determine if you also require ongoing periodontal care.
Find out if you need periodontic treatment
Gum disease is much less of a threat when you successfully prevent it or treat it early with expert periodontics. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call the My Dentist office in Londonderry, NH, today at (603) 965-3407.