Periodontal Therapy Questions and Answers
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What is Periodontal Therapy?
As we age, many of us begin to lose our teeth, others who maintain good oral hygiene and have regular professional cleanings and oral exams can end up keeping their natural teeth for life.
Taking care of your oral health doesn’t just mean taking care of your teeth, but also means the structures surrounding them including the gums and the tooth-supporting bone.
Periodontal therapy’s goal is to restore diseased tissues found in your mouth back to health. The disease often found in Periodontal disease or better known as gum disease, which can spread from the gums to the bone that supports the teeth and, in some cases, can cause tooth loss.
You dentist has many effective therapies to help combat gum disease, including scaling’s which are deep cleanings that help remove built up plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line, to even surgical repairs of gum loss and bone tissue.
How do you get periodontal disease?
Gingivitis is a leading cause of oral health issues around the world. It is the inflammation of the gums which is caused by buildup of tartar and plaque found on the teeth. With diligent oral care, you can reverse it; however, if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.
If diagnosed with gum disease, it is because your gums have become to swell up and form pockets of open space between the tissue and your teeth. This open space becomes a perfect breeding space for bacteria. Once an infection develops, the immune system begins to fight off the bacteria, but the plaque on your teeth will continue to form under the gum line, eventually breaking down the bone around the teeth.
What are the benefits of Periodontal Therapy?
You may be wondering if you are showing any symptoms of periodontal disease, a few of the major symptoms of gum disease include:
- Severe toothache
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums which can be seen after brushing, flossing or even eating
- Red or swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Loss of appetite
- Receding gums
Early diagnosis can help you reverse the signs of periodontal disease and help your teeth, if severe enough, some dentists may refer non-surgical or surgical therapy options depending on your current situation.
There are many benefits associated with periodontal therapy offered at Inspire Dental:
- Fresh breath
Bad breath is the first sign of an issue with your oral health, and mainly gum disease. It is due to the lack of proper oral hygiene being carried out at home, resulting in plaque or tartar buildup happening below your gum line. With periodontal therapy, we can reduce your bad breath and leave you feeling refreshed with fresh breath.
- Great smile
Your smile frames your face, the gums frame the shape of your teeth. With gum disease, the gums can bleed or swell and can make many uncomfortable to smile. Periodontal therapy can help keep your gums clean and align your teeth which will compliment your smile and make you feel confident!
- No more potential health issues
With periodontal therapy, our dentists can review any potential health issues that may be arising during your checkup. If not treated early on, the bacteria can reach your bloodstream and affect other organs in your body such as your liver, and kidney. With proper gum therapy, those conditions can easily be prevented.
- Relief from the pain
If you are suffering from infected gums, they can be tender, sore and even painful due to the swelling and bleeding happening. It can also make you uncomfortable when you begin your oral healthcare routine of brushing and flossing. Periodontal therapy can help these symptoms.
How long does periodontal treatment take?
A usual appointment for periodontal treatments can take around 1-2 hours depending on how severe your condition is. Our dentists will review with you the severity of your individual case and will offer recommendations of what would be a best option for you depending on your periodontal disease.
Our clinic offers unique integration of dental services and exceptionally caring staff that always act in the best interest of our patients. This is why so many choose Inspire Dental. We serve patients in Alpharetta GA, Roswell GA, Sandy Springs GA, Crabapple GA, Johns Creek GA, Big Creek GA, Milton GA, Cumming GA, Norcross GA, East Cobb GA, Peachtree Corners GA, Atlanta GA, Marietta GA, Dunwoody GA, Brookhaven GA, Buckhead GA and throughout the Metropolitan area.