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
Periodontitis has also been linked to more serious conditions including diabetes, heart disease
Scaling & root
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,
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
We also offer:
- Gum Surgery
- Gum Graft Surgery
- Crown Lengthening
- Pocket Reduction Procedures
- Regenerative Procedures
- Teeth in a Day
Call us today to learn more about periodontics.
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.
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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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