Periodontal TherapyAn Overview
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults but can be largely avoided with diligent oral hygiene, regular visits to the dentist, and bi-annual dental cleanings. Our team at Union Square Dental Group offers personalized dental care that can address your unique risk factors for gum disease.
Gum disease is a progressive disease that can damage the integrity of the health and function of the smile. Harmful bacteria in the mouth feed off of tartar and plaque build up and multiply, spreading throughout the mouth. The bacteria will eventually grow in pockets deep inside the gum line. As the bacteria spread, the gum line can separate from the teeth and begin to recede, leaving tooth roots exposed and the teeth can become susceptible to extreme sensitivity and even loss.
Gum disease can cause damage beyond just to your teeth and gums. Left untreated, gum disease causing bacteria can even spread to the blood stream and has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, diabetes, and strokes. Early diagnosis, effective treatment and diligent at home oral hygiene are essential to avoid the progression of periodontal disease.
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Periodontal Therapy What to Expect
The objective of periodontal therapy is to remove all harmful bacteria from the teeth and the gums. Once the mouth is free from plaque and tartar, additional treatments may be recommended to fully restore the health of the teeth and gums.
Gum disease is progressive and can cause additional dental concerns when left untreated. Your dentist may recommend other restorative or cosmetic treatments to fully restore the health of your smile. Treatment will be determined by the progression of gum disease and your overall oral condition.
Periodontal Therapy in San Francisco
- Anti Bacterial Rinse & Preventive Care: If caught early, gingivitis can be treated with a thorough dental cleaning. Your dentist may also recommend improved at home oral hygiene and using an anti bacterial mouth rinse to help keep your oral bacteria balanced.
- Scaling & Root Planing: This treatment method is an intensive dental cleaning that removes bacteria from the gums. Using special tools, your dentist will scrape away plaque and tartar build up and removes bacteria from the deep gum pockets where it forms. Removing the bacteria from the pockets in the early stages of development can help prevent gum recession and tooth loss.
- Laser Therapy: Using state of the art dental lasers, your Union Square periodontist can remove harmful gum disease causing bacteria with out the need for surgery, sutures or long downtimes. Laser therapy allows for more effective results with a shorter downtime and actually promotes natural healing.
- Gum Surgery: If more advanced cases of periodontal disease, gum surgery may be necessary. You Union Square Dentist will recommend you to our in house periodontist or to a local oral surgeon for further advice on how to treat the effects of gums disease to restore health and function to the teeth and gums.