Periodontal Therapy An Overview
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every two American adults age 30 and over has periodontal disease. Among adults age 65 and older, the prevalence rate increases to 70%.
Gum disease is not only a serious dental concern, but the condition has been strongly linked to other medical issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Healthy gums provide the foundation for healthy teeth and our dentists consider the prevention of gum disease an important facet of preventive dental care.
During routine visits to our Nashua dental office, you will receive a comprehensive examination that includes a periodontal screening. We are looking for signs and symptoms of gum disease such as swelling, receding gums, and bleeding gums. Early detection is the key to reducing damage to the teeth and gums from gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Common Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
If you notice any of the above signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Levesque Dentistry to ensure effective treatment and reduce the risk of further damage or more complex dental problems.
Periodontal Therapy What to Expect
In dentistry, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment when it comes to addressing periodontal disease. Drs. Levesque and Vogel will evaluate your oral health and provide a range of periodontal therapies to treat the various stages and effects of gum disease. After a comprehensive examination, we will recommend the best course of treatment.
If you have early signs of gum disease, known as gingivitis, we may recommend more frequent dental cleanings to restore your gums to optimal health. If more intensive treatment is needed, the dentist may recommend a deep teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the dentist or hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum.
Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may require more intense treatment or surgery. In these cases, we may help coordinate treatment with a local periodontist.
Soft Tissue Laser for Gum Disease
Our high-tech office is pleased to offer state-of-the-art dental laser technology to our patients. Lasers are an amazing new technology for the dental office and enable us to provide treatment that is more accurate, less invasive and less painful. Laser dentistry also produces fewer side effects such as bleeding and swelling which have an effect on recovery time and your level of discomfort during and after your procedure.
Lasers have the capability to:
- Perform gum surgery without needles, bleeding or stitches
- Biopsy tissue
- Minimize the duration of cold sores
- Sterilize your restoration and gum tissue as its healing