Periodontics

Periodontal Therapy

periodontal-disease-is-a-condition-that-causes-gum-detachment-and-bone-loss-around-teeth-due-to-bacterial-infectionNobody deserves to lose their smile to gum disease, yet each year the condition claims more teeth in thousands of Americans than tooth decay.

What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is a condition that causes gum detachment and bone loss around teeth due to bacterial infection. If the teeth are not cleaned regularly with preventive care appointments or brushing and flossing, biofilm will collect under the gumlines around the teeth. Gradually, symptoms begin to develop, like:

  • Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Tooth mobility
  • Tenderness when biting or chewing
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Food packing between your teeth or under your gums

Treating Periodontal Infections

Our non-surgical periodontal therapy techniques involve a series of deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) to create clean environments where gum tissues can reattach to your tooth surface.

To ensure your comfort, we break these appointments up to treat one side of the mouth at a time. If necessary, we will also place Arestin, a locally delivered antibiotic, which can enhance the healing response following a deep cleaning. Some patients will also be placed on a prescription mouthwash to reduce bacterial levels in their mouth.

In most cases, our periodontal patients benefit from maintenance appointments every 3 months to avoid the need for gum surgery. During these visits we will assess oral hygiene, tissue response, and monitor changes in attachment levels.

Do I Have Gum Disease?

to-ensure-your-dental-comfort-we-break-these-periodontic-appointments-up-to-treat-one-side-of-the-mouth-at-a-time-using-arestin-a-locally-delivered-antibioticWe screen each patient for gum disease during every checkup appointment at our Amherst office. You may hear us call out a series of numbers, such as “4, 3, 5, 2, 3,…” These measurements pinpoint the exact level of tissue attachment around 6 points of each tooth. Pockets deeper than 3mm deep are considered unhealthy.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, don’t wait. Call our Amherst office right away to save your smile’s future.