Modern Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is one of the most common oral health problems in adults. The CDC has found that more than 47% of adults over the age of 30 and 70% over the age of 65 have some form of periodontal disease, from mild gum disease to advanced periodontitis.
Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults and can wreak havoc on teeth, gum tissue, and bone when left untreated. While the numbers may seem grim, there is a silver lining: modern dentistry and its approach to periodontal disease treatment have improved considerably. Dentists like Dr. Bentz can diagnose cases sooner, treat issues more effectively, and repair any damage that has been done.
Thanks to these following 8 advances, periodontal disease is only a temporary obstacle and not a permanent end to a stunning, healthy smile.
1. A greater understanding of prevention, treatment, and systemic connections.
Each year brings new studies, new information, and new knowledge of periodontal disease. While there is always more to learn, dentists who continue to pursue education opportunities are up-to-date on modern approaches to preventing all forms of gum disease as well as the most effective treatment plans for each individual case. Dentists also continue to learn more about vital systemic health connections linked to periodontal disease.
2. More effective antibiotics are available, including topical medications designed for periodontal disease.
Periodontitis is characterized by a severe and often stubborn infection within the gum pockets. Oral antibiotics are usually administered to kill the infection, but overuse of antibiotics can also be hard on healthy oral and gut bacteria needed for the immune system. Topical antibiotics like Arestin® are used in conjunction with traditional scaling and root planing to stop the infection and prevent future infections from occurring.
3. At-home aftercare is enhanced with the addition of antimicrobial trays for continued treatment.
As important as professional dental care is for treating periodontal disease, following up with proper care at home ensures overall treatment success. In addition to maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine, dentists can also provide antimicrobial perio trays that will continue to support healthy gums and fight infection.
4. Gum pocket reduction surgery knocks out infection and bacteria more quickly.
The gum pockets surrounding each tooth are where periodontal disease begins. When the gums become inflamed, the pockets swell and open, allowing bacteria to reproduce and thrive. Gum pocket reduction surgery involves surgically moving back your gum line so the underlying tooth roots can be thoroughly cleaned of bacteria, infection, and dead tissue. As a result, your gum pocket will also have a shortened depth to help prevent this from occurring again.
5. Revolutionary laser dentistry allows for precise oral surgery, reduced risks, and faster healing.
In cases of periodontitis, oral surgery is often necessary for gum pocket reduction, removal of dead or damaged tissue, and cosmetic contouring after gum recession. Laser dentistry makes oral surgery a far more comfortable and beneficial process for patients. Not only is your dentist able to precisely treat the trouble area, but you’ll have less bleeding, swelling, and post-surgery discomfort, and you’ll heal faster too.
6. Bone and gum tissue loss can be regenerated through surgical grafts.
Periodontitis can cause irreversible damage to the gum tissue even down to the jaw bone. This leads to tooth loss, a misaligned bite, and changes to the facial shape. Regeneration is possible through bone and gum tissue grafts, and the techniques used now are highly successful. Even with severe damage, your dentist can help rebuild the foundation for a healthy smile.
7. Stunning dental implants can permanently replace damaged or missing teeth.
When tooth loss does occur or a tooth needs to be extracted, dental implants provide a superior prosthetic tooth solution. They are ideal for periodontitis patients after any infection has been healed and necessary bone or gum grafts have taken place. Best of all, dental implants help maintain bone and gum health over the long haul.
8. Advanced dental technology enhances the periodontal disease diagnosis and treatment process.
By using state-of-the-art dental technology, dentists are able to not only diagnose cases of periodontal disease more quickly, but also make the treatment process more comfortable and efficient for patients. Digital X-rays take clearer images of your mouth and produce less radiation; digital CT imaging can help assess your jaw structure and bite alignment; and products like OraVerse reverse numbing so you can carry on with your day after a visit.
Expert periodontal disease treatment in East Norriton, PA.
If you’re located in or around East Norriton, PA, Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center will help you recover from your periodontal disease, and continue to care for your smile with a complete menu of services. To book an appointment with Dr. Bentz, you can either call our office or use this online form.