At your first hygiene appointment we will evaluate the health and condition of your gum tissues. Based on this evaluation, it may be determined that you suffer from periodontal disease, the leading cause of adult tooth lose.
Periodontal disease is inflammation of the gums, which can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The three stages of gum disease — from least to most severe — are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
-Red, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums
-Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
-Gums that recede or pull away from the tooth
-Loose or Mobile Teeth
Treating Periodontal Disease
If it is determined that you have periodontal disease, it is important to initiate treatment immediately to avoid its progression. A common treatment plan may consist of six to eight visits to our dental office in West Lafayette, IN where “deep” cleanings are performed on the affected areas. If your case is severe, you may be referred to a periodontal specialist.
We want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible while receiving treatment. In more severe areas we may utilize a topical numbing gel, or even traditional anesthetic to completely block any uncomfortable sensations. Additionally, our team uses the Cavitron system to ultrasonically treat areas, reducing the need for traditional hand scale instruments.
The first therapy visit will start in the most severely affected area of the mouth. We will then continue around the mouth at future visits, but we will also revisit areas treated at prior visits so that they receive the benefit of repetitive treatment. The repetitive treatment of severely affected areas is what contributes to more favorable treatment outcomes.
Once you have treated your periodontal disease, we recommend you adopt a more frequent hygiene maintenance schedule. Most hygiene patients are seen every three to four months throughout the year. This allows us to keep buildup from reoccurring around the teeth and the condition from reoccurring.
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