Healthy Teeth Need Healthy Gums
Periodontics is the area of dentistry that specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating gum disease. Periodontists receive up to three additional years of specialized training in diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and are also experts in treating oral inflammation and replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Periodontal treatments and procedures include.
- Teeth scaling, root planing, and laser treatments
- Pocket reduction
- Gum grafting
- Crown lengthening
- Dental implants
Gum disease or periodontal disease affects over 75% of adults at some time and causes them more tooth loss than cavities do. Caused by plaque bacteria that attack gums, supporting tissues and even bones, periodontal disease may display warning signs such as:
- Gums that are red, swollen, tender or bleed easily
- Gums that have pulled away from teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Changes in tooth position, looseness, separation or mismatch
Factors increasing gum disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, family history, especially crooked teeth, pregnancy, diabetes and certain medications. Not to worry – when detected in earlier stages, gum disease can be treated and even reversed. Let Munster Dental Care check your gums today and help you achieve good periodontal health for a lifetime.
Healthy Teeth Need Healthy Soft Tissue
Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum and bone) disease vitally affects oral and physical health. Studies have linked gum disease to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions. Dentists design soft tissue management (STM) plans to achieve lifelong dental health by eliminating gum infection, inflammation, deep pockets and bleeding to achieve periodontal health.
An STM plan typically consists of:
- A thorough periodontal exam including deep pocket measurements
- Deep cleaning below the gumline into the pockets
- Irrigating treated areas with medication
- More frequent cleanings
- A long-term home cleaning regimen
When treated in the early stages, the ravaging effects of periodontal disease can be stopped and kept under control. Munster Dental Care uses the most effective Soft Tissue Management processes and technologies to enable you to enjoy fresher breath and healthier gums and teeth.
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