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Managing Periodontal Disease for Lifelong Gum and Bone Health

We should all know by now, that if we leave a serious Gum infection untreated, it will go on to seriously affect the tissues and bones that support your teeth. If left untreated, it can advance to cause tooth loss.

However, with proper management which includes dental cleanings, proper brushing, and flossing techniques, and in some cases nonsurgical or surgical treatment, periodontal disease can be kept in check long-term to preserve your natural smile.

At Discovery Dental, with the right prevention strategies and treatment plans tailored to the individual, it is possible to effectively reduce the risks and symptoms of gum disease even for those with a history of severe cases. Read on for an overview of how we work with our patients.

Prevention Through Hygiene
The foundation starts at home, with twice-daily brushing and daily flossing. This removes plaque from tooth and gum line areas where periodontal pathogens thrive. Using an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste and interdental brushes or picks ensures thorough cleaning even in tight posterior zones. For those prone to disease, more frequent cleanings here may be recommended as additional protection.

Professional Cleanings
At each routine six-month checkup, our hygienists perform a full-mouth scaling and root planing to keep plaque levels minimized between visits. This polishing procedure below the gumline removes any residual biofilm harboring infection. Comprehensive exams check for early signs, while X-rays aid in monitoring for bone loss over time.

Treatment When Needed
For advanced or aggressive periodontitis cases exhibiting deep pockets or recession, nonsurgical treatments like laser pocket therapy, antimicrobial photodynamic therapy, or locally delivered drugs work to reduce pathogens. These minimize the need for incision/excision surgeries on the gums themselves in many instances. Site-specific periodontal maintenance also becomes part of an ongoing prevention protocol.

Regenerative Procedures
Discovery Dental also offers advanced bone grafting, membrane procedures, and platelet-rich plasma techniques to stimulate the body’s ability to rebuild lost tissues and support when needed. These revolutionary surgical options can often eliminate or minimize the need for tooth extractions in select situations. Overall stabilization and repair become realistic goals even after significant damage.

Staying on top of your periodontal health requires a partnership between you and our practice. With communication and compliance on recommended homecare and office visits, it is very possible to effectively manage disease long-term, avoid complications, and preserve your natural dentition and radiant smile well into the future! Please contact us to start discussing a customized care plan tailored to your specific risks and needs.

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