One of our primary goals at Dynamic Dentistry is to help our patients maintain as many of their teeth as possible over the course of time. The ravages of periodontal or “gum” disease can sometimes shorten a tooth’s life. From your initial comprehensive exam to your recall appointments, the health of your gums and bone will be tracked and meticulously treated when needed.
Our primary goal is to eliminate the source of gum disease, dental plaque. By improving education and oral hygiene with better home care, an individual can maintain their teeth for a lifetime. Thorough cleaning appointments are essential to remove hardened dental plaque known as “tartar” or “calculus.”
In patients that display signs of gum disease, we have a protocol set-up that has proven to be effective in helping to “freeze” the progression of periodontal disease. Scaling and root planning is the first step in the process. This may require 1 to 4 appointments based upon severity of the disease. Local anesthesia may be used during these procedures for your comfort. The goal is complete removal of plaque, tartar, and disease from the roots.
You will be brought back in 4 to 6 weeks to re-evaluate the health of your gums. If signs of disease are present, alternative treatments may be needed. If minor areas of disease remain, Arestin may be used to help heal those areas. There are multiple other dental surgery options that can help patients with gum disease. Periodontists, gum disease specialists which perform dental surgery and implants, have many options to treat periodontitis such as open debridement surgeries, bone and gum grafting, and laser therapy. You may be referred to a periodontist for evaluation if our initial therapy does not respond well or if the case is severe.
Once an individual has periodontal disease, they always have periodontal disease. A standard regimen of periodontal maintenance every 3 to 6 months based on severity will be used for such patients. This will help reinforce home care, improve oral hygiene, and eliminate sources of disease through immaculate professional cleaning.
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Dr. Reynolds will often create a separate periodontal treatment plan and stage it along with your overall treatment plan. It is our utmost concern that we address all of your gingival health concerns.