Establishing regular periodontal care is essential achieving a healthy smile. Dr. Metcalfe, Dr. Woo, and Dr. DeLeon in our Ocala, FL office can diagnose any gum disease and treat your periodontal health so you can establish a healthy foundation for a thriving smile. Research has shown that periodontal health may be related a patient’s overall health. Treating periodontal disease can help in the management of certain conditions, such as tooth decay, diabetes, and high blood pressure. We take customer care very seriously and work hard to know our patients and fully understand their needs. Our patients value the care they receive and are inspired to embrace a lifetime of better dental and general health.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an inflammation of your gums. The disease may cause symptoms such as tender gums, painful chewing, or sensitive teeth. Other symptoms may be painless, so you should be alert to:
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding when you brush your teeth
- Gums that pull away from the tooth
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Pus surrounding the teeth and gums
It is estimated that up to 80 percent of American adults may be experiencing periodontal disease. When left untreated, it can affect the soft tissue and bone that supports your teeth, ultimately leading to tooth loss and requiring restorative treatment.
Treatments for periodontal disease may be surgical or non-surgical and the treatment recommended will depend on the severity of your case.
For minor to moderate case of periodontal disease, our doctors may recommend a deeper cleaning that will include scaling and root planing as an effective non-surgical approach. Scaling involves removing the tarter—or hardened plaque—from above and below the gum line that cannot be removed with a routine cleaning. Planing smooths the rough spots on the roots of teeth, where bacteria that contribute to disease may accumulate and grow. Medications that may be used in combination with this procedure include:
- Chlorhexidine in the form of a mouthwash or a gelatin chip placed in the gums after planing
- Doxycycline in the form of a gel placed in the pockets of gums after planing, or taken in pill form
- Minocycline, in the form of tiny spheres placed in the pockets of gums after planing
In more severe cases, surgery may be recommended to treat and repair the affected gum tissue. Flap surgery involves lifting the gums and removing tartar and unhealthy bacteria. The gums are then sutured to fit snugly around the teeth. In addition to flap surgery, your dentist may recommend the placing of bone or tissue grafts. These will replace or encourage new growth of tissue and bone destroyed by periodontal disease.
It is estimated that up to 80 percent of American adults may be experiencing periodontal disease. When left untreated, it can ultimately lead to tooth loss and require restorative treatment.
Periodontal Care and Oral Hygiene
Each patient is unique and the long-term success of any procedure will be also be determined by such factors as oral hygiene and smoking. Our dentists can instruct you on how to successfully maintain your healthy smile, but generally, an optimal oral hygiene routine should include brushing your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush, flossing in between your teeth and gums once per day, and using an antibacterial mouthwash.
Begin Your Treatment for Healthier Teeth and Gums
For more information about periodontal care, contact our office online or call Ocala Dental Care at (352) 877-2117 to schedule your appointment with one of our highly trained doctors. Maintaining proper periodontal care is of utmost importance to your overall health, and our doctors are committed to helping you maintain the health of your teeth and gums.