Periodontal Disease Therapy
Gum or periodontal disease is prevalent among adults, with approximately half of adults over thirty having some form of periodontal disease. This infection of the gums can lead to deterioration of the jaw bone and tissue, eventually causing tooth loss. Periodontal disease has also been linked to other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. As part of our general dental care at Northampton Dental, we offer effective periodontal therapy to restore oral and overall health.
Gum Infection Treatment
To treat gum disease, the bacteria causing the infection must be stopped. To achieve this, deep cleanings are performed at our office, along with medications that can be used at home to fight the infection. When periodontal disease has progressed, the gums recede away from the teeth, creating deep pockets around the teeth. The goal of periodontal therapy is to stop the infection, allow the gums to heal and restore health between the gums and teeth.
Scaling and Root Planing
Removing the tartar buildup on teeth beneath the gum line is an effective technique to fighting periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing is used to scale away calculus that has formed on teeth roots from plaque buildup. A planing tool is used to smooth the root surface. Once completed, in tandem with gum infection treatment, the gums can heal and reattach to the tooth roots. This will restore oral health.
If you have periodontal disease, Northampton Dental can help. In many cases, gum disease can be reversed or stopped, and you can regain excellent oral health. With aggressive periodontal therapy, ongoing oral health care at home and during regular cleanings in our office, gum disease can be treated and optimal oral health achieved. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation and checkup to learn more about treating periodontal disease.