Periodontal (gum) disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults, with 80 percent of adults having some form of periodontal problem. It is often painless and most adults are unaware that they have a problem. Dentists at Dr. Alan Macks, DMD are trained to treat and prevent periodontal (gum) disease by evaluating and assessing your periodontal tissues, scaling and polishing of teeth and giving home care instructions based on individual needs. Call us today to learn more about periodontics.

Periodontitis has also been linked to more serious conditions including diabetes, heart disease and stroke because of the inflammation involved. For this reason, it is important to incorporate a system of regular check-ups to detect and prevent the development of periodontal disease.

Scaling & root planing are non-surgical procedures which completely cleanse the periodontium and work very effectively for individuals suffering from gingivitis and moderate/severe periodontal disease.

Scaling and Root Planing Treatments are only performed after a thorough examination of the mouth. The dentist will take X-rays, conduct visual examinations and make a diagnosis before recommending or beginning these procedures. Depending on the current condition of the gums, the amount of calculus (tartar) present, the depth of the pockets and the progression of the periodontitis, local anesthetic may be used.

Scaling – This procedure is usually performed with special dental instruments and may include an ultrasonic scaling tool. The scaling tool removes calculus and plaque from the surface of the crown and root surfaces. In many cases, the scaling tool includes an irrigation process that can also be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums that can help reduce oral bacteria.

Root Planing – This procedure is a specific treatment which serves to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins and tartar. The root of the tooth is literally smoothed to promote good healing. Having clean, smooth root surfaces helps prevent bacteria from easily colonizing in future.

We also offer:

  • Gum Surgery
  • Gum Graft Surgery
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Pocket Reduction Procedures
  • Regenerative Procedures
  • Teeth in a Day
  • Periodontics

Call us today to learn more about periodontics.

What Is Severe Periodontal Disease?

A large number of people let symptoms like bleeding gums go unnoticed. They do not care much for their gums. They think it is not an abnormal sign of gums to bleed when we brush or floss our teeth. Swelling of the gums or blood coming out of gums is a signature signal to the fact that bacteria are infecting the area. If no treatment is done, there is a good chance of the infection spreading out to other areas. At the endpoint, the tooth may become loose and even fall out of its socket or will need to be extracted out.

Incidentally, the term “peri” means around; and “odontal” stands to teeth. Thus, periodontal disease is an infection of the ramparts around the teeth. This basically is inclusive of gums, the cementum which covers up the root area, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone. Interestingly, the beginning stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. At this step, the infection is limited to the gums. When the disease becomes advanced, it affects the surrounding areas as well.

What causes periodontal ailment?

Basically, bacteria which infect the plaque are responsible for the periodontal ailment. A lot of research is presently on in the field of how gum disease can have a bearing on the general health conditions of the concerned person. It can affect the wellness of other body organs and parts. In effect, research is going on how periodontal ailment affects atherosclerosis and heart ailments. What has come through is that gum infection may have a direct bearing on enhancing the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease. In fact, it can even further downgrade conditions of heart problems which already exist.

In addition, gum ailments can directly influence the risk of a person getting a stroke which comes by due to blockage in the arteries. Also, a female person who is pregnant is more likely to deliver before her due date if she is suffering from the periodontal ailment. The newborn child may also be of lesser than normal birth weight. Patients who have diabetes are likely to have more difficulty in taking charge of their ailment if they suffer from gum disease. The bacteria which cause gum infection may also cause infection in the lung area of the body. This becomes all the more of an issue if the patient is of advancing age. In such events, the bacteria may even lead to conditions of pneumonia in the patient.

How can one prevent periodontal disease?

This is one ailment which one can keep in check by following good oral hygiene practices. One should brush teeth at least twice daily and for a duration of at least two minutes each time. Also, one should floss teeth at least once in a day to keep them hale and hearty. In addition, one should visit the dentist on a regular basis to ensure that a good follow up is being taken of all that affects and afflicts the teeth.

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posted 3 months ago

Wow! I had 10 root canals & lots of dental trauma before I gave up & got dentures... I only wore them when I had to, as despite many adjustments, they never fit, and made my mouth's roof & gums terribly sore, for years... Then a friend told me to see Dr.Machs. His education, background, & range of experience are stunning (I don't stun, as a rule...). As an RN, I didn't believe this Ievel of thorough evaluation, information, & genuine care was possible in this life. I can't recommend him and the staff highly enough.

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