Periodontal Disease affects approximately 90% of the world’s population. Periodontitis is the destruction of supportive connective tissue and bone and is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Here in Longmont, Rocky Mountain Dental Specialists offer all sorts of Periodontal Disease Treatments in order to help you achieve your perfect smile!
Periodontal Disease is defined as inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth caused by bacterial accumulations (dental plaque) on the teeth. It causes the alveolar bone and supporting connective tissue to deteriorate. Periodontitis causes soft tissue pockets or crevices to form between the gingiva and the tooth root.
A severe case of periodontitis can result in loose teeth, pain and discomfort, difficulty chewing, and tooth loss. If left unchecked, these bacterial accumulations can cause a loss of the tooth’s collagen attachment to the alveolar (jaw) bone, resulting in tooth loosening and eventual failure if the gingival tissue becomes inflamed.
The periodontal pocket is the resulting fissure between the surface of the tooth and the epithelial layer that lies just beneath it.
To avoid gingivitis and periodontitis, it is critical to be aware of the factors that cause and increase the risk of these conditions. The most well-known risk factors for Periodontal Disease are dental plaque and tartar build-up.
Non-surgical anti-infective Periodontal Disease Treatment aims to control biofilm and other significant risk factors. Various manual or powered devices can remove dental plaque and calculus from tooth-crown and root surfaces (scaling and root planning). Periodontal pockets receive special attention for biofilm debridement. This non-surgical therapy can be combined with better oral hygiene to improve clinical periodontal attachment and reduce tissue inflammation. When used with local antibiotics, antiseptics, and systemic antibiotics, systemic and sub-antimicrobial low-dose doxycycline is more beneficial than debridement alone.
Non-surgical Periodontal Disease Treatments
Surgical Periodontal Disease Treatments:
Periodontal therapy may cause discomfort, but it is likely to be far less than expected. According to an American Academy of Periodontology survey, only about 10% of patients experienced significant discomfort or pain due to their treatment, despite more than half of patients reporting being afraid of pain before treatment. Because they are so scared of dentists, many people wait until they have symptoms before visiting one.
Periodontal treatment has become less traumatic due to anesthetics and new dental procedures and equipment. The use of drugs, pain relievers, and sedatives are increasing. Furthermore, most periodontists now use various techniques to help patients overcome their anxiety. Following therapy, most discomfort or pain can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers. There is no need for general anesthesia during the procedure. Lasers are more precise when locating and removing diseased gum tissue. Laser periodontal surgery is less invasive and heals faster than previous procedures.
Advanced periodontal laser therapy and enhanced anesthetics can make gum disease treatment more bearable. We use various pain management techniques, including sedation, to keep your pain under control during treatment. In addition, as a post-procedure follow-up option, he provides pain medication to his periodontal patients. For some people, over-the-counter analgesics can relieve gum discomfort.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Symptoms vary according to disease stage, but in general, they include the following:
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