Periodontitis, or gum disease, has become a serious health issue with adults. Not only is it the leading cause of tooth loss, it can put you at higher risk for stroke, type 2 diabetes, pregnancy issues and certain cancers. At Nautical Dental, we take our patients’ health seriously and offer periodontal therapy with our general dentistry options that can effectively treat periodontitis.
Periodontitis is an infection of the gums caused by the bacteria found in plaque. This disease starts as gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, the infection can progress, leading to a breakdown in the tissues and bone that support your teeth. This can result in receding gums and eventual tooth loss. The bacteria can also enter the bloodstream, elevating your risk for other health problems.
The first step to stopping periodontitis is treating the gum infection. Deep cleanings of the teeth, gums, and roots can remove the bacteria and tartar that irritate and inflame the gums. Medications can be used to combat the infection to allow the gums to heal. The level of periodontal therapy depends on the progression of the gum disease. Our dentist and hygienist will work with you to determine what extent of treatment is needed, including possible scaling and root planing.
Most moderate to advanced forms of periodontitis require a deep cleaning to begin healing the gums. This process involves scaling away calcium or tartar from the teeth, including below the gum line. Since this is a deeper cleaning, we use anesthesia to numb the gums during this treatment. Once the tartar is completely removed, root planing is performed to smooth the surface for improved healing for the gums.
Periodontitis can be effectively treated to stop the progression of bone and tooth loss. Contact our office and schedule an appointment to learn more about treating gum disease.