Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the supporting tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. If oral hygiene slips or you skip dental visits, plaque builds up on the teeth. Eventually, it will spread below the gum line where it will be protected from your toothbrush. If the plaque is not removed, the bacteria will continue to multiply. Typical treatment for periodontal disease is scaling and root planing, which is a non-surgical method of cleaning the surfaces of the teeth and their root which may be exposed due to gum recession. This removes tartar, plaque and bacteria from above and below the gum surrounding the root and promotes the healthy regeneration of the gum tissue.
If you have periodontal disease scaling and root planing is the most conservative approach for treatment. This involves scraping off the calculus and plaque built up below the gum line and around the root. When the infected tissue is removed and the root is exposed, the root scaling begins. The hygienist then smooths the root with instruments to remove any rough spots that might attract bacteria and cause future infections. The hygienist will sometimes use a dental laser to access and remove the inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. The area between the gum and the root can then regenerate during the healing process. Laser treatment as opposed to gum surgery has many benefits for the patient. No general anesthetic is needed, as is sometimes required for other dental procedures and is generally a painless process. Lasers are also able to target the diseased areas precisely and accurately. Finally, bleeding, pain and swelling are limited because periodontal laser treatment is less invasive than regular surgery. After the disease process is under control, a regular hygiene appointment is no longer appropriate. Instead, you will require special ongoing gum and bone care procedures, known as Periodontal Maintenance Therapy, to keep the disease under control and keep your mouth healthy.
While there is No Cure for periodontal disease, it can be managed and controlled. A 3-4 month periodontal maintenance therapy appointment is a soft tissue management program that is a non-surgical approach to control periodontal disease. It is the most conservative approach to prevent more extensive and aggressive treatment. The bacterium that causes periodontal disease re-establishes 3 months after treatment. A 3 month periodontal maintenance appointment is timed to disable the destructive process at its critical stage. This critical stage is when the bacteria and their poisons do the most harm to the supporting structures, namely, the periodontal attachment (the ligaments that help hold the tooth in your jaw). For patients with adult periodontitis, supportive 3-month periodontal maintenance appointments is not an option – but a requirement for successful therapy. Waiting longer than three months can result in advanced inflammation and may require anesthesia to eliminate discomfort while retreating. Your interval, whether 3 or 4 months, will be determined by the hygienist and the dentist to best manage your oral health. Very rarely would it be advisable to try a 6 month schedule with known periodontal problems and history. This would result in putting the patient at risk for more breakdown of the tissue. Therefore, we recommend that you maintain a 3-4 month periodontal maintenance schedule, so the hygienist can access deeper pocket areas and disrupt the bacteria so that they do not continue to multiply and cause increases in pocket depth and additional bone loss.
Keep in mind that periodontal disease cannot be cured; it can only be controlled. This is why we need to examine the health of your gums at least every three to four months. If periodontal disease is not closely monitored and controlled, the disease can quickly worsen, destroy bone and soft tissue, and eventually cause tooth loss. At Jackson Family Dentistry our trained professionals have many years of experience recognizing, controlling and treating periodontal disease. We have state of the art equipment to serve you in a comfortable and pain-free environment. With our expertise and knowledge we are determined to identify the right needs for your oral health. Periodontal disease is normally a painless disease process, however, if you notice any signs and symptoms such as bleeding, inflammation, foul taste or odor coming from your gums; please call us immediately to schedule a consultation and assessment. Together we can help you control your periodontal disease.
Our Dentist Office in Jackson Wisconsin, provides full dental care to clients throughout Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties, including the cities of Cedarburg, Colgate, Germantown, Grafton, Hartford, Hubertus, Jackson, Kewaskum, Menomonee Falls, Mequon, Newburg, Richfield, Saukville, Slinger, Thiensville, West Bend, and the surrounding cities.
Periodontal Maintenance Jackson Wisconsin
✔ PERIODONTAL SERVICES
✔ BRACES AND INVISIBLE BRACES
✔ LASER DENTISTRY
✔ PREVENTION/PATIENT EDUCATION
✔ ROOT CANALS
✔ DIGITAL X-RAYS
✔ CROWNS / BRIDGES
✔ DENTURES / PARTIALS
✔ INTRA ORAL IMAGING
✔ PEDIATRIC CARE-SEALANTS
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person Dr. Scott W. Charmoli D.D.S.
business N168W20060 Main St
Jackson, WI 53037