A recent study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012 revealed that nearly one-half of the adult population (over 30 years old) suffered from some form of periodontitis.
At Shoreline Dental Studio, our goal is to work with patients to help prevent periodontal disease for those with healthy gums. Routine dental cleanings combined with educating our patients on proper homecare help each patient avoid this costly disease. We also offer a number of adjunctive products that have proven helpful for our patients.
We offer a variety of solutions for patients with periodontal disease:
Scaling and Root Planing – This is the most common form of treatment for patients with periodontal disease. Usually plaque and calculus build up sub-gingivally requiring a more involved cleaning (sometimes referred to as a “deep cleaning”) to help remove the plaque and bacteria that a typical prophylactic cleaning would not.
Laser Treatment – We use this in conjunction with all of our scaling and root planing treatments to help remove the diseased gum tissue and facilitate better healing and reattachment of the gums to the teeth.
Arrestin – A local antibiotic may be placed at the site of infection between the gums and the teeth. This antibiotic helps heal the diseased tissue and decrease inflammation, enabling healing and attachment of the gums.
Chlorhexidine Rinse – Patients will be asked to take home a bottle of antimicrobial mouth rinse that helps to keep gum tissue disinfected during the healing period of 5 days after treatment, allowing for better attachment of the gums and minimal oral bacteria during that time.
Gingival Irrigation – Our office uses power scalers to provide an easy and effective method for irrigating in the office. Using water and vibration, the scaler is able to flush out the periodontal pocket of any calculus or plaque buildup or foreign objects present that may be causing inflammation.
Numerous recent studies are now showing a link between periodontal disease and a number of health-related problems. Arresting periodontal disease early not only allows you long-term prognosis of keeping your natural teeth, but also reduces other health risks in life.
Plaque and bacteria are certainly the main culprits in causing periodontal disease, but other factors that can help contribute to this disease are: genetics, smoking or tobacco use, misaligned or crowded teeth, grinding or clenching of teeth, fluctuating hormones, and certain medications.
Professional cleanings are a key ingredient in preventing or arresting periodontal disease, but perhaps an equally important factor is patient homecare habits where regular brushing and flossing with proper technique can help keep periodontal disease at bay.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Research has also shown that periodontal disease is associated with other chronic inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
What are my other options?
Patients with severe periodontitis or generalized recession may be referred to a Periodontist for specialized care. Treatments at our specialist’s office may include expensive and invasive treatment such as gum grafting or periodontal surgery. Most patients will benefit from treatment at our office, but if left untreated, their disease may progress to the point where specialty treatment is the only option.