If your periodontist in Pompano Beach diagnosed you with gum disease, know you’re not alone! According to the CDC, 47.2% of adults from age 30 to 65 have some form of periodontitis. That number goes up to 70.2% if you are above the age of 65.
Gum disease can range from mild inflammation to as serious as causing damage to the soft tissues in your mouth and your jawbone. People who exhibit signs and symptoms of gum disease should see a periodontist ASAP to stop the inflammation from getting worse. Ultimately, the proven ways to prevent gum disease is by caring for your teeth and gums through proper oral care and regular visits to your dentist.
The good news is that your periodontist can come up with bespoke treatment plans to reverse gum disease. Non-surgical treatments for gum disease include professional dental cleaning wherein your dentist uses special instruments to safely and efficiently scrape plaque and tartar from your teeth’s surface above and below the gum line (scaling and root planning).
Dentists usually prefer non-surgical treatments because it’s more conservative and it addresses the root cause of the problem, which is the accumulation of plaque.
Sometimes your dentist will suggest surgery if the inflammation and infection are severe. In flap surgery, or pocket reduction surgery, your gums are lifted to expose stubborn tartar. This will allow your dentist to clean with ease.
However, there are cases wherein irregular areas of the damaged bone are smoothened so that bacteria will have no place to hide. Once the teeth are thoroughly cleaned, the gums are placed back around your teeth. Bone grafts are also performed to restore your teeth’s stability by using your own bone, donated bone, or synthetic bone to replace damaged bone.
Besides teeth cleaning and surgery, your periodontist may also prescribe antibiotics to control the infection. Prescribing meds may also be used in combination with dental cleanings and surgery.
At Park Plaza Dental, we want you to feel comfortable and relaxed during your visit to our clinic. Our team of dental health professionals are skilled and trained to take on any dental case. Our stellar track record will prove that no matter how complex your case is, we can handle it. Give us a call or visit our website to learn more about our services.
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