Periodontal Therapy An Overview
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.
Periodontal disease affects more than 75% of the adult population at some point in their lives and is something that is almost always preventable with routine dental care. Dr. Silverman and the dedicated staff at the Maryland Center for Complete Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD emphasize the importance of maintaining your gums for both a healthy smile and overall physical health and well being. Your gums support your teeth and the development of gum disease can compromise the strength of your teeth as their support structure becomes weakened and damaged by harmful bacteria.
Dr. Silverman performs a thorough periodontal screening during all preventive dental care visits, looking for the early warning signs of gum disease that can be treated conservatively to avoid bigger problems down the road.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath or halitosis
- Changes in the fit of the bite or dentures
It is important to identify the root cause of your periodontal disease in order to offer dental care that will support your long term oral health. Dr. Silverman will discuss your lifestyle habits, health history and other factors that can affect your periodontal health.
Periodontal Therapy What to Expect
There are two distinct stages of gum disease and each can have varying degrees of severity. Dr. Silverman will assess the stage of gum disease and recommend the appropriate treatment option for restoring health and avoiding additional dental problems.
- Gingivitis: early stage gum disease can be characterized by minor symptoms or even no symptoms at all. As harmful bacteria builds up along the gum line, the gum tissue begins to become infected and deteriorate the health of the gums. Untreated, bacteria continue to invade and can permanently damage the gums and enable the teeth to shift position or become loose.
- Periodontitis: advanced gum disease often results in damage to the gums that compromises the structure of the teeth. Unchecked, harmful bacteria can affect the tooth roots and even lead to tooth loss.
Dr. Silverman offers periodontal therapy options that tailored to your unique oral health needs. Options can include:
- Antibacterial rinses: for early gum disease, or for chronic concerns, at home antibacterial rinses may be recommended.
- Scaling and root planing: a more intense and thorough cleaning procedure that removes plaque that has built up along the tooth roots and deep pockets of the gums.
- Laser dentistry: Dr. Silverman can use dental lasers to address damaged or diseased tissue without the need for oral surgery. Laser therapy also stimulates healing.