At Timber Family Dental, we believe in educating our patients, empowering them to make informed decisions about their oral health. Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is more common than you may think, and it requires timely and proper care. Through education and intervention, our team is ready to address your periodontal needs.
Continue reading to learn all about periodontal disease and how we can assist you in maintaining optimal gum health in Garner, NC.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It begins with gingivitis, where the gums become inflamed and bleed easily. If left untreated, it can evolve into periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, leading to further complications—including gum recession, tooth loss, and bone damage.
Plaque and tartar buildup, poor oral hygiene, smoking, and underlying health conditions are some common risk factors for the condition.
How Is Periodontal Disease Diagnosed?
At Timber Family Dental, our trained oral health professionals utilize a comprehensive approach to diagnose periodontal disease. This includes:
- Visual examination: Conducting a visual examination involves carefully assessing the gums for any indications of redness, swelling, or bleeding.
- Measuring gum pockets: Measurement of gum pockets involves using specialized probing instruments to evaluate the depth of pockets surrounding the teeth.
- Dental x-rays: Dental x-rays provide imaging to evaluate bone loss and identify hidden dental issues.
- Medical history review: Conducting a comprehensive examination of your medical history aims to assess your overall health and identify potential factors that may contribute to your current condition.
A thorough examination ensures an accurate diagnosis, helping us to tailor treatment to your specific needs.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Effective treatment of periodontal disease begins with understanding the underlying causes and severity. At Timber Family Dental, we offer the treatments listed below.
A professional cleaning is the first step toward treating periodontal disease in its earliest stage. This process involves removing plaque and tartar deposits that regular brushing and flossing at home might miss.
Our skilled dental hygienists use specialized tools to clean the teeth’s surface and the gum line, preventing the condition from progressing further. Regular professional cleanings can make a significant difference in maintaining overall gum health.
A deep cleaning is a specialized treatment for more advanced cases of periodontal disease. This non-surgical procedure consists of two parts:
- Scaling: Using specially designed instruments, we remove tartar and plaque deposits from below the gum line. This careful cleaning helps to eliminate the harmful bacteria that cause inflammation and infection.
- Root planing: This involves smoothing the tooth’s roots to enable the gums to reattach to the teeth properly. It also helps in preventing future plaque and tartar accumulation.
In conjunction with other treatments, topical antibiotics play a vital role in the effective management of periodontal disease. These are placed directly into the gum pockets, targeting and eliminating specific bacteria responsible for the infection. The slow release of the antibiotics ensures a consistent fight against the bacteria over time, enhancing the healing process. This targeted treatment provides a substantial benefit in the overall treatment plan.
Maintaining Gum Health
The journey to healthy gums doesn’t end with treatment; it requires an ongoing commitment to proper care. At Timber Family Dental, we strive to equip our patients with the tools and knowledge they need to maintain optimal gum health.
Personalized Home Care Plans
Understanding that each patient’s needs are unique, we develop personalized home care plans tailored to your specific situation. These may include specialized brushing and flossing techniques, the use of particular dental products, or recommendations for frequency. Our team takes the time to demonstrate these practices, ensuring you feel comfortable continuing them at home.
Regular Check-ups & Monitoring
Regular check-ups are vital in maintaining gum health and catching any signs of recurrence early. We recommend a schedule based on your individual needs, often including more frequent visits if you have been treated for periodontal disease. During these appointments, our dental professionals will assess your gums, teeth, and overall oral health, making necessary adjustments to your care plan.
Nutrition plays a vital role in overall health, and this includes the health of your gums. We provide dietary guidance that focuses on nutrients and foods that support gum health. Our team will work with you to understand your dietary needs, offering practical and enjoyable ways to incorporate beneficial foods. Proper nutrition can enhance your body’s ability to fight inflammation and infection, supporting your journey to lasting periodontal health.
Your Partner In Gum Health
At Timber Family Dental, maintaining gum health is a collaborative effort. We believe in working closely with our patients, providing support, education, and personalized care every step of the way. Your active participation in this process, combined with our expertise, ensures a successful path to ongoing oral wellness. Trust in our dedicated team to be your lifelong partner in maintaining a vibrant and healthy smile. Call today to schedule an appointment!