Reversing Periodontal Disease – Treatments That Work
Periodontal disease is a condition of the gums that affects almost half of Americans over the age of 30. Despite vast improvements in dental care and oral health education in this country, adults and even children are still losing teeth at an alarming rate, due to the avoidable condition of periodontal disease. One of the important reasons to visit your Troy dentist regularly is to monitor your gum health and catch changes as quickly as possible. However, for the patient who doesn’t visit as often as they should, we regularly catch gum disease when it has progressed beyond home care and repair. If you have been diagnosed with advanced gum disease, here are the treatment options we have for helping get your teeth and smile healthy again.
If your periodontal disease has not progressed too far, and damage to teeth and gums is minimal, we can give your teeth a deep cleaning called Scaling and Root Planing, or SRP. This procedure is done by your dentist or dental hygienist. This procedure goes above and beyond your normal cleaning, by completely removing plaque and bacterial build up on both your teeth and roots. In the first part of the procedure, your hygienist will scrape away the plaque and bacteria from your teeth and roots. This is invasive and can be uncomfortable. Once the plaque and bacteria are gone, your teeth are then smoothed to eliminate any rough places where bacteria can grow again. Over a few weeks, your gums will reattach to the healthy, clean tooth and root surface and begin to look and feel healthy again. During this time, your dentist will re-evaluate the effects of the procedure and decide if you should have additional SRP treatments or if periodontal surgery is a better option.
There are three follow-up surgical procedures that may be necessary to repair damage caused by periodontal disease.
- Pocket Reduction Surgery – This procedure is done when the gums are having a hard time reattaching to the tooth after SRP treatment. Pocket reduction surgery provides removal of additional and pocketed bacteria and plaque and then smooths the bone, providing a healthy surface for gums to attach to.
- Gum Grafts – This procedure is helpful if you are experiencing gum recession from periodontal disease, which exposes the roots of your teeth. This procedure takes gum tissue from the pallet or other part of your mouth, and places it over the exposed roots. This procedure can be a great way to rebuild healthy gums after periodontal disease.
- Bone Grafts – In extreme cases, periodontal disease can damage your jaw bones. If this is the case, bone, either natural or synthetic, can be surgically attached to weak places in your jaw, providing additional support for your teeth and mouth.
What You Can Do
If you have been diagnosed with minor periodontal disease, there are ways that you can protect your teeth and gums from further damage. These practices will most certainly include a more rigorous brushing and flossing routine, using a soft toothbrush and a good anti-cavity toothpaste. Your dentist may even prescribe an antibacterial mouth wash that will help kill bacteria in hard to reach places. It is important that you follow your dentist’s instructions carefully to ensure that your periodontal disease does not get worse.
Periodontal disease can be easily treated at home and with quality care from your dentist. When caught early, you can reverse the damage and limit the impacts to your teeth, gums and jaw.
Troy Dentist, Paul Mansky DDS, Is Accepting New Dental Patients
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease and are looking for a dentist in the Troy, MI area that has a gentle touch and cares about making your experience as pleasant as possible, Dr. Paul Mansky and his team are here for you. To schedule an appointment at our dental office in Troy, please call us today at (248) 689-5508.