Why is periodontal treatment such an important part of your health care? Before we answer that, let’s first take a look at what periodontal disease consists of.
As defined, periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place – in other words, your gums.
It’s important to keep in mind that bleeding gums are the first indication that you have the earliest signs of periodontal disease. If you experience bleeding gums, Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS recommends always mentioning this during your dental exams.
If left untreated, the infectious gum disease can spread to your jaw bone which could result in lost teeth. But worse, if left untreated, it can lead to issues such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, diabetes, and even infertility and dementia.
Of course, the best way to prevent periodontal disease is through the practice of good oral hygiene which includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day, but if you’ve been diagnosed with the condition, you may now be wondering what your treatment options are.
One option is scaling and root planning. This is a process that involves careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets that have formed around your teeth as a result of the disease.
Another option consists of gum graft surgery. This procedure is especially important if you have exposed roots as a result of your gum disease. During the procedure, gum tissue will be taken from your palate to cover the exposed root. Sometimes, a donor source is used to obtain the gum tissue.
There are other treatments available such as laser treatment, dental crown lengthening, and dental implants, each of which can be explored during your consultation with Dr. Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS.
You can keep periodontal disease at bay with regularly scheduled cleanings at Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS where your dental hygienist has been professionally trained to look for the first tell-tale sign.