It is possible that despite your best efforts, you may need a more aggressive mouthwash. Like many other illnesses, gum disease can be relatively painless because of its slow progression.
Following a comprehensive screening and examination for periodontal disease, we may select more aggressive treatments targeted at getting rid of or lessening the amount of plaque and bacterial toxins accumulating below the gum line (tooth cleaning and polishing are typically done above the gum line). This entails curettage, root-planing, and/or medication administration to the afflicted gums at the specific site. Debridement of the soft tissue surrounding the tooth is known as curettage. Deep below the visible gum line, this tissue becomes inflamed by bacteria over time and needs to be removed in order for healing to proceed normally. The process of root-planing involves removing and smoothing small portions of the root surface to present a clean, uncontaminated surface to the soft tissue lining that is healing.
These two procedures are generally done simultaneously, may require local anesthesia and are skillfully done by our well trained hygienists under Park Haven Dental’s prescription.
Gum disease doesn’t happen overnight and often extends the course of treatment over time because the effectiveness of subsequent action must be evaluated Usually your condition is reassessed over time and a joint decision is made about your next steps. If surgery is required, referral to a specialist (Periodontist) may be necessary. Surgery usually completely cures the jaw and bone, reduces tooth movement, and significantly improves prognosis.
The hygiene team at Park Haven Dental will work with you to assure that you receive the care best suited to your needs. They will also help you hone your home care skills so you can maintain the health you desire.