Periodontal disease is gum disease. It's basically infection of the gums which leads to bone loss around the teeth. The bone that supports the teeth is what keeps the teeth from being mobile, keeps them from being loose and keeps them from being painful. If you're starting to lose the bone around your teeth, we can stop that process with what we call a deep cleaning. With the deep cleaning, it's a little different than a regular cleaning. We have to go down below the gums and we have to clean the root surfaces off where the bacteria is being held. The bacteria is down there and it's holding toxins that's eating your bone away.
It requires a different type of treatment than a regular cleaning. The good news is that once we do it, we can maintain it without having to do it again. We can make it to where it is not uncomfortable. We always numb our patients so they don't feel it during the procedure. We offer medication to make sure that they stay comfortable. If they have any anxiety about getting the procedure done, we have different levels of sedation we offer, too, that they can have while they're getting the treatment done to where they won't remember anything that was done.
Healthy Gums, Happy Teeth
The number one reason behind tooth loss is gum disease. Gum disease is caused by several different things, but all of them lead back to a lack of care for the gums over time. In other words, you stopped getting your teeth and gums cleaned at the dentist, or you began to neglect your teeth and gums at home.
One of the biggest issues with gum disease is that it is often painless in the early stages. The main symptom is bleeding from the gums, noticeable during brushing or flossing your teeth. As your gum disease progresses, you may experience loose or shifting teeth.
A staggering statistic from the American Dental Association reveals that an estimated 8 out 10 people suffer from some stage of gum disease. That is an amazing amount of people afflicted by a completely preventable disease. The good news is that there are ways of treating this disease.
The treatment for more advanced cases of gum disease require surgery. Luckily, the majority of those who have gum disease are still at a level that we can treat with nonsurgical options.
Regular Exams & Cleanings
The first and most common nonsurgical treatment for early stage gum disease is to have your teeth professionally cleaned. At Ascension Premier Dental, you will be given a top-to-bottom check of your teeth and gums.
The dental cleaning process will help remove plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and along the gumline. This aids in eradicating the disease-causing bacteria and keeping it from causing you further gum health issues. After the professional cleaning is complete, it is important to create a regularly scheduled plan to keep your teeth and gums free of plaque and tartar buildup.
Other Nonsurgical Options
Another nonsurgical form of treatment for gum disease is what is called scaling and root planing. This is a more in-depth cleaning procedure than what is involved with a regular professional dental cleaning.
This treatment is a two-part process done under local anesthesia. The first part is scaling. This involves Dr. Bessonet cleaning hardened plaque and tartar from around and under the gumline. This plaque and tartar is much more stubborn and harder to remove than the plaque and tartar found above the gumline.
Once the scaling has removed all of this hardened material, Dr. Bessonet will move on to the root planing part of the treatment. This is where the rough areas on the root of the tooth are smoothed to allow for a clean, bacteria-free surface. This procedure is used only when Dr. Bessonet determines that the gums and underlying bone are still healthy enough to warrant this in-depth cleaning process.
Gum disease is big deal. It is the biggest reason behind adults losing their teeth, and it can also negatively affect your overall health. Taking care of your teeth and your gums is important. That is why Ascension Premier Dental is here to help you keep your gums healthy and your teeth happy. Give us a call at 225-963-5548, or refer to the online contact form to get in touch with us.