Oral health is not only restricted to teeth but to your gums as well. The health of your gums play a crucial role in maintaining your overall oral health. Many factors affect gum health, and when not addressed at the right time, you may fall prey to gum or periodontal diseases. We may suggest periodontal therapy to treat such problems.
Periodontal therapy is a non-surgical treatment for gum diseases. The goal of this treatment is to control and manage your gum disease without surgical intervention. You may restore your gum health and keep tooth loss at bay with this treatment.
What Causes Periodontal Diseases?
- Poor oral habits
- Inadequate nutrition
- Consumption of smoke, alcohol, and drugs
- Hormonal changes such as menopause, pregnancy, etc.
What Does Periodontal Therapy Include?
Scaling and Root Planing
Over time, plaque builds up on your teeth's surface and below the gum line and turns from a soft film to a tenacious hard deposit called tartar or calculus. Such accumulation leads to forming pockets around the teeth and thus, receding gums.
Scaling and Root Planing or deep cleaning is performed to remove these hidden buildups. We use handheld dental tools and ultrasonic cleaners to remove such accumulation and clean your teeth.
This procedure involves smoothing out rough surfaces on the roots of your teeth. We remove these roughened areas and clear the bacteria hiding in these crevices. Root planing allows your gums to heal to a cleaner surface. Both scaling and root planing are performed together to give you clean teeth and healthy gums.
In some cases, we may use antibiotic gels and other medications as a part of the therapy. The role of these medicines is to reduce the count of bacteria in the mouth. Furthermore, they relieve the swelling of your gums. We apply antibiotic gels after scaling and root planing.
We may also recommend an antimicrobial mouthwash as a part of in-home care after your treatment.
What Is Included in the Aftercare?
You may resume your regular activities after the therapy. We will also ask you to maintain an optimal oral healthcare routine such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth after each meal. Consume more green vegetables and fruits to make your gums heal faster.
In some cases, we may prescribe medication to deal with any discomfort after the therapy. It also reduces the further onset of bacterial growth and keeps your mouth germ-free. Visit us at the recommended intervals for dental checkups and examinations.
Please reach out to iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Robbins or Dr. Fincel. Call Dentist in Springfield MO at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.