Periodontal Disease: Treating the Disease at the Root

So many people overlook the importance of the dentist. More often than not dental trips are put on a back burner because of monetary issues. I don’t know how many times I decided to skip out on the dentist because of a money issue. No one enjoys the dentist, you aren’t supposed to, but what you do get to enjoy is the health of your teeth and a gorgeous smile. This seems like a decent trade off to me. Nothing can match the feeling of confidence that you get when you walk out with a vibrant smile on your face. Horrifying enough, there is something that can put a damper on your floating, shining vibe: periodontal disease.

So, what exactly is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, known by most as gum disease –is a serious of gum infections that ultimately end with damage to the gums and more shockingly irreversible destruction to the jawbone. Typically, periodontal disease starts as gingivitis. Gingivitis is very preventable, you can find a lot of preventative tips at colgate.com. Fortunately, there are treatments available to halt and help periodontal disease. This article will look at some of the various techniques used to help correct periodontal disease.

My father grew up in Naples, Florida. He has flawless teeth. He also had a close encounter with periodontal disease a few years ago. I took to the internet and did a simple search for periodontal disease treatment naples fl and found that there were a few options for him and of course he utilized those resources and was successful in doing so.

So, what options does someone with periodontal disease have? Considering that the CDC estimates that periodontal disease at an advanced stage, effects over half of Americans by the time they are over age 30. It is reassuring to know that there are options. Nonsurgical options are the first step. Scale and root planning is a typical plan of attach. A dentist will scrap the plaque off the teeth and then smooth out the surface to ensure bacteria cannot build back up. This treatment can be very effective.

Another treatment option is periodontal pocket reduction or flap surgery. This is done when the 1st option fails. The dentist folds back the gum tissue to remove any bacteria, then the area is smoothed out to ensure proper attachment of the gums to the teeth. This has been widely and successfully utilized by many dentists.

A rapid and aggressive approach to periodontal disease are Regenerative Procedures. A bone graft is a way to promote the growth of a bone by using tissue-stimulating proteins. This is done in the case where someone’s jawbone has had significant damage from periodontal disease.

No matter how advanced periodontal disease is, there are always options. The shame felt by many people who experience a lapse in dental health can be overwhelming. A dentist or other trained professional can always direct you on the right path to a healthy smile, giving you back your confidence.