Everyone can be susceptible to the dangers of the bacteria in plaque buildup, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight it. Bacteria can cause the bone and gums that support your teeth to dissolve and you can become at risk for tooth loss. Periodontists are specialist that can prevent the destruction from bacteria and even rebuild the bone and gums that were damaged. There are several treatments for periodontal disease and a periodontist can help you chose what best suits your disease.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
The first step that many periodontists will take to fight gingivitis or periodontitis is scaling and root planing. This procedure cleans the root surfaces in order to remove plaque from the root of the tooth and promote healthier teeth. This can be followed by the use of antimicrobials that will prevent toxins from causing further problems with periodontitis. After these measures are taken, you may be asked to use a painless tray delivery system to continue using medication on and around your teeth at home.
Laser Periodontal Treatment
Although this is a new form of treatment, lasers have been found to be as effective as non-surgical options. Instead of doing a deep cleaning through traditional methods, lasers are used to minimize the risk of bleeding, swelling, and other issues. If you are at high risk for infection or bleeding, your dentist may suggest this instead of other dental work, as the laser can sterilize and cauterize as it works and help your mouth to heal immediately following the procedure.
Bone and Gum Tissue Regeneration
Depending on the stage of Periodontitis, you may have bone loss and gum pockets to worry about. If this is the case, your periodontist will more than likely recommend procedures that can rebuild lost bone and gum tissue. After eliminating the bacteria that is damaging the body, growth factors, bone grafts, and gum grafts can be added to the teeth that will help the body regenerate and repair itself. Dr. Froum uses the latest technology to assist the body into rebuilding itself. Come in today for a consult to find out how you can save your damaged teeth with the latest periodontal treatment