Periodontal Therapy
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Periodontal Therapy

Fairlawn Periodontics is a practice that specializes in oral health treatments that improve gum health as well as implant dentistry. A large part of our practice focuses on treating periodontal (gum) disease. We offer treatments like periodontal prophylaxis and minimally invasive procedures to reverse or control gum diseases such as LANAP and the Pinhole Surgical Technique.

 

Our gums play an integral role in the oral health system. Not only do gums protect the roots of teeth from surface debris and bacteria, they are necessary for keeping teeth stable and upright. Damaged gums ultimately lead to damaged teeth and tooth loss without treatment.

Gum Disease and Your Health

 

Periodontal disease is a major threat to your oral health. When this condition advances without treatment, patients develop high risks for a number of oral health complications including tooth loss, bone loss, and persistent infections. In fact, an untreated periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults.

 

Many times, gum disease begins without noticeable symptoms. The disease can progress quite quickly among those who do not visit their dentists for routine checkups and cleanings, along with those who don’t practice proper oral hygiene.

 

General dentists typically will refer complex and/or advanced cases of gum disease to periodontists – specialists who are trained to diagnose and treat health conditions that affect the gums.

Periodontal Disease

Treating Periodontal Disease

 

There are a few different treatment protocols available for managing periodontal disease. Common periodontal therapies include specialized prophylaxis such as scaling and root planing, laser-assisted periodontal therapy, and surgical options like PST (pinhole surgical technique). The course of treatment a person receives will depend on their oral health history and the severity of his or her periodontal disease.

 

Our periodontist takes a number of factors into consideration when developing custom treatment plans for our patients. We strive to mitigate the damage caused by gum disease with treatments designed to manage the condition.

 

Why See a Periodontist?

 

Periodontists are experts at treating gum disease. In addition to earning a DDS, a periodontist completes rigorous education and training to practice as a specialist. Their education and experience ensure that periodontists are aware of the latest research, treatment protocols, and technology available for the treatment of periodontal disease.

 

Visiting our periodontist gives patients an opportunity to fight the periodontal disease with an expert. We are familiar with treating all forms of gum disease – especially progressive, complex cases.

 

If you have questions about your treatment options, call Fairlawn Periodontics to reserve a consultation. We will review your health history, answer your questions, and perform an examination at your consultation. Based on the results of this visit, we can begin the process of developing your custom treatment plan.

Periodontal Disease FAQ’s

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease means that a person’s gums are severely infected and inflamed. Along with damage to the gums, periodontal disease presents a number of oral health complications when left untreated. Untreated periodontal disease can progress to a point that destroys the entire oral health system, including the loss of teeth and bone mass in the jaw.

 

There are different forms of periodontal disease but all require professional attention and vigilant oral hygiene to manage them. Professional treatment may include periodontal therapy such as scaling and root planing as well as surgical procedures.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. This condition is reversible when patients seek out professional treatment in a timely manner. The problem with gingivitis is that it can advance to a more progressive state without appropriate care. Compounding this issue is the fact that gingivitis may not produce noticeable symptoms to patients, possibly prolonging their diagnosis and treatment.

What should I do about bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums is often associated with gum disease. This is because our gingiva becomes inflamed and infected when exposed to irritants and oral bacteria. If you notice blood on your toothbrush or dental floss, continue brushing and flossing your teeth as directed by your dentist or periodontist. Brushing and flossing should be done carefully and thoroughly – even if one’s gums are irritated and inflamed.

 

If your symptoms persist or worsen, contact our team to schedule a gum health consultation. During a consultation, we will closely examine the gums and teeth. We might take advantage of diagnostics like X-rays as well to determine the disease’s stage and severity. Patients may need periodontal therapy and the expertise of a specialist when signs of gum disease are detected.

Why do I need to see a periodontist?

A periodontist is an expert when it comes to diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the gums and surrounding tissue. While a dentist with a standard DDS can perform some periodontal treatments, a periodontist is a board-certified specialist with additional education and experience dedicated to diagnosing and administering oral health treatments that affect the gums.

 

If your dentist has recommended that you visit a periodontist, it is likely because your situation requires his or her expertise and highly-focused education. We are currently accepting new patients. Call our practice to ask questions or reserve an appointment.