Tooth decay is not the only threat to your oral health. There are also harmful bacteria lingering in your mouth that can infect your gum tissue if you do not brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly. Gum (periodontal) disease is a preventable condition. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults in America have it. It can be treated quickly without causing any irreversible damage when detected early. Sadly, the warning signs of the infection are often ignored, making it a leading cause of tooth loss. You can save your smile with gum disease treatment in Satellite Beach. Proactive scaling and root planing can prevent the infection from reaching advanced periodontitis.
Complications of Advanced Periodontitis
During the early stages of the infection, called gingivitis, your gums will appear red and swollen. They may even bleed slightly when brushing or flossing your teeth. Although these symptoms may not seem like an immediate concern, the bacteria are destroying the supporting structures of your teeth. If you do not get the treatment you need, your teeth will become loose and eventually fall out.
The complications do not stop there. The bacteria can enter your bloodstream through regular chewing. As it circulates throughout your bloodstream, it causes your body to respond with inflammation. This can increase your risk for several health concerns, such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetic complications.
Proactive Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, are your first line of defense when needing periodontal therapy. The two-phase treatment removes the infection to restore a healthy smile. When performed quickly, it can prevent gum disease from reaching advanced stages.
The first phase of the treatment, called scaling, uses a special dental instrument to remove tartar and plaque from above and below the gum line. Cleaning out the gingival pockets stops the infection from continuing to damage your oral structures.
The second portion of the treatment is root planing. A dental instrument is used to smooth the root surfaces of your teeth. This discourages future buildup while also encouraging your gum tissue to reattach to your teeth to seal out new bacteria.
This treatment is more extensive than your traditional semi-annual cleaning. Your routine cleaning only removes build up from above the gum line, whereas, scaling and root planing cleans both above and below. The treatments play an invaluable role in treating gum disease and preventing the infection from reoccurring.
Save Your Smile Today!
Do not wait until it is too late to save your smile. Visit your family dentist in Satellite Beach for a personalized treatment plan for periodontal disease.
About Dr. Merrill A. Grant
Dr. Merrill A. Grant has provided comprehensive dental services for over 30 years. His extensive qualifications and experience allow him to offer several advanced services, including periodontal therapy. He can preserve your smile and repair the damage caused by gum disease. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.