Good oral hygiene practices are essential for keeping your mouth healthy. However, even those with good oral care practices can still develop issues, including gum disease. These issues should not be ignored. At Karl Zeren DDS, we can diagnose a wide number of issues affecting the gums as well as other supporting structures, and provide you with the treatments you need to restore the health of your mouth and your beautiful smile.
What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in periodontics. Periodontics is one of 9 dental specialties. All dentists, including general dentists, attend four years of dental school. As periodontists, we go on to attend an additional 2 to 3 years of formal education, lectures, and professional training. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and other issues that affect your gums and the other supporting structures of your teeth. This includes gum disease.
Diagnosing and Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that causes your gums to become irritated and inflamed. Without treatment, gum disease only continues to worsen. Your gums pull away from your teeth, leading to the formation of periodontal pockets. Bacteria collect in these pockets. Over time, they grow deeper, and your gums recede. The bacteria eventually reach your periodontal ligaments and jawbone, weakening these supporting structures. Your teeth become loose and may even fall out.
As periodontists, we are experts at diagnosing gum disease in all different stages. We can also provide you with the treatment you need. Stages of gum disease include:
Procedures We Can Provide
There are some different treatments that we can provide to help restore your oral health, and improve the quality of your smile. The types of treatment you receive will depend upon the severity of your particular situation. Common treatments that we provide include:
With periodontics, we can provide you with the treatment you need to restore the health of your mouth and improve the quality of your smile.
What Is Periodontal Treatment?
Periodontal treatment is a nonsurgical treatment for periodontal disease that involves removing all of the buildups from the surfaces of your teeth, both above and below the gumline, including plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other debris. By removing the buildup from your teeth, your gums can begin reattaching to your teeth, and your mouth can begin to heal. This particular treatment involves scaling and root planing, basically a deep cleaning of your teeth, to achieve these goals.
How Is Periodontal Treatment Done?
Periodontal treatment, while nonsurgical, is still performed under a local anesthetic. Your gums may be tender, so numbing them allows you to remain calm and comfortable while we clean your teeth. The procedure begins with scaling. With the use of a scaler, we effectively scrape all of the buildups from the visible surfaces of your teeth. We take extra care around the gumline as well as just below the gumline. Removing this buildup allows the irritation to be removed from your gums, easing the inflammation.
Following scaling, we move on to root planing. Root planing is the cleaning of the tooth roots. Using specialized tools, we smooth the surfaces of your tooth roots, which makes it more difficult for any new bacteria to adhere. Once root planing is done, an antibacterial wash is used to destroy any bacteria that might still be hanging around. Once your treatment is complete, we schedule you for a follow-up 6 to 8 weeks later. Follow-up is essential for ensuring that your gums are beginning to heal. If we find that your gums are not healing properly, the next step is periodontal maintenance. Periodontal maintenance is a series of regularly scheduled visits 2 to 6 months apart so that we can examine and clean your teeth so the healing process continues, restoring your oral health and your smile.
With periodontal treatment, we can stop the progression of periodontal disease and help to restore the health of your mouth without surgery. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Karl Zeren DDS today at (410) 316-6141.
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