Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease (periodontitis) is the leading cause of tooth loss and is one of the most common health conditions in our population. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics and poor oral hygiene. Also, people who smoke or chew tobacco, have uneven teeth or don’t have a set routine for professional teeth cleaning are more prone to periodontal disease.

When bacteria start to collect in your mouth, a sticky, colorless substance known as “plaque” develops. Plaque builds up on your teeth. If not removed during brushing and flossing, the plaque particles can harden and turn into tartar. Over time, plaque and tartar become more difficult to remove at home. Receiving regular professional cleanings is vital for maintaining your oral health and preventing periodontal disease.

The longer the plaque and tartar remain on the teeth, the more harm they can cause to your oral health. Accumulated plaque and tartar may lead to gingivitis, an early form of periodontal disease. Routine professional cleanings and proper at-home oral care can prevent gingivitis from developing.

Signs of Gum Disease
It is important to visit your dentist for a complete exam if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  Sore, inflamed or receding gums
  Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  Loose teeth
  Presence of bad breath
  Pockets between the gums and tooth

In cases where gingivitis is not treated early, it can advance to periodontal disease, which can not be reversed, but only maintained. Inflammation affects the soft tissue (gums) and teeth, creating pockets between them. If left untreated, the pockets become deep and cause teeth to become loose and eventually fall out.

Dr. Tamir SegalPeriodontist

Experienced Periodontist serving the communities of Weston, Southwest Ranches, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Sunrise, Miami, Kendall, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, West Palm Beach, and more.

Treatment
A common solution for controlling periodontal disease is a deep dental cleaning, also referred to as “scaling and root planing”. While the procedure is usually painless, in some cases, your dentist may recommend numbing the area for comfort. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surfaces, and root planing is smoothing the root surfaces.

Once reaching an advanced stage, periodontitis cannot be completely reversed. With proper at-home care combined with regular in-office maintenance, your dentist can prevent the disease from progressing and leading to tooth loss. Daily flossing is crucial to preventing and treating periodontal disease.

Periodontal therapy can take different structures, however, the objective is to restore sick tissues to health. Gum (periodontal) disease can spread from the gums the bone that may cause the tooth loss in extreme cases. There are effective treatments to fight this, extending from scaling (profound cleanings) that remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from underneath the gum line, to surgical repair of lost gum and bone tissue.

Periodontal treatment blend both surgical and non-surgical methods to restore health to the tissues that help the teeth (gums and bone) and prevent tooth loss.

They includes:

  Scaling and root planning (SRP).
  Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy.
  Arestin.
  Gum Grafting.

  Periodontal Plastic Surgery.
  Periodontal Laser Treatment.
  Crown Lengthening Surgery.
  Dental Implants.

Eating a nutritious diet low in sugar, and staying away from tobacco in all forms, will also increase your periodontal health — and your prospect of keeping your teeth for life.

Why Weston Periodontist

  • Top-Rated Periodontist
  • Same Day Treatments
  • Over 25 Years of Surgical Experience

  • High-Quality Periodontic Treatments

  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease Specialist

  • South Florida’s Leading Periodontist & Dental Implantology

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