WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease (also called called periodontal disease, or periodontitis) is a bacterial infection that triggers our body’s immune system to create inflammatory cells, which destroy the supporting bone and soft tissue attachments around your teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to loose or mobile teeth, shifting or pathologic migration of teeth and even tooth loss.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will play an important role in maintaining your overall health.
As early as 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General as well as top research facilities began discovering plausible connections between oral infections and systemic conditions. Some of these include cardiovascular disease, diabetic conditions, pulmonary infections and pregnancy complications. Regular cleanings and check-ups are of the utmost importance for maintaining a healthy system.
Our dentists are dedicated to providing you the best in preventative care and ensuring that we provide you with effective and thorough dental hygiene care in combination with the proper education needed for home care.
HOW DOES DENTISTRY FOR HEALTH TREAT GUM DISEASE?
In cases of gum disease when bone loss or attachment loss is identified, we strive to provide you with the best means possible of keeping this condition stable and preventing it from worsening. Periodontal therapy may be necessary in treating periodontal disease. It is best accomplished through the least invasive treatment method determined on a case-by-case basis. Non-surgical periodontal treatment includes scaling and root planting, which is a more detailed cleaning and smoothing of the root surfaces to remove tartar and plaque and bacterial toxins. Such toxins reside in deep periodontal pockets where bone and attachment loss have occurred.
The use of laser assisted periodontal treatment is offered at Dentistry For Health, and can be a highly effective means of treating peri-implantitis, or non-responsive periodontal pockets. Antimicrobial or antibiotic therapy may also be used in follow-up to non-surgical periodontal treatment. Most of the time, non-surgical periodontal therapy is effective in treating and stabilizing periodontal disease. To sustain periodontal health it is important to continue with a consistent and ongoing periodontal maintenance schedule as set by your dental provider for follow-up.
Gum disease can take its toll on the health of your mouth. Avoid more painful and expensive treatment by having it detected early and treated as soon as possible.
Diagnosing and treating Gum Disease in Omaha, Nebraska, takes an advanced skill set and continued study. The dentists at Dentistry For Health can help you treat this disease to start you on the road toward better overall health. Contact or call our team at 402-932-0282 today to schedule an appointment.