Periodontal Disease Treatment

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Periodontal Disease Treatment

Dr. Mary Ellen Wynn explaining her peridontal disease treatment plan

Plaque and tartar can be detrimental to your oral health. Over time, debris begins to collect on the teeth. This debris can force its way under the surface of the gums, giving harmful bacteria a place to live. If left untreated, this can lead to gum recession, gum disease, and tooth loss.


Thankfully, at Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS our team can skillfully remove harmful plaque and tartar to reverse the early stages of gum disease and prevent more severe problems down the road.


What is gum disease and how is it treated?

Gum disease occurs when the tissue and bone structures that support your teeth become swollen, sore and infected. It is usually caused by a build-up of the bacteria found in plaque. If left untreated, early-stage gum disease can worsen and pockets can form in the gums. Serious infections can develop in these pockets — resulting in pain and eventually tooth loss.


In addition to the risk of tooth loss, severe periodontal (gum) disease has also been linked to systemic diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and birth complications.


By using scaling and root planing techniques, Dr. Wynn and her skilled team are able to clean away infectious plaque and tartar to allow the mouth to heal and return to health.


Who is at risk of gum disease?

The possibility of developing gum disease exists for everyone. However, some are more at risk than others. Risk factors include:


  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Use of steroids
  • Use of cancer therapy drugs
  • Systemic diseases
  • Pregnancy


What is the difference between scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing are two periodontal techniques used by dentists to clear infectious material away from the gums.


Scaling involves carefully removing tartar and plaque from the teeth. It is routinely performed during all in-office cleanings. During a scaling procedure, Dr. Wynn or one of her compassionate hygienists will remove any buildup from beneath the gums to prevent infection.


For those with a more serious periodontal condition, root planing may be necessary. During this procedure, Dr. Wynn will make a small incision to gain access to the tooth’s roots. She will then eliminate any infected structure by smoothing the root’s surface. You will receive local anesthesia before the procedure begins to ensure you remain comfortable.


Once these two treatments have been completed, the teeth will be free of damaging bacteria and the natural healing process will begin. Periodontal disease can be prevented with regular dental visits along with proper care and hygiene. After your treatment, Dr. Wynn will be happy to explain the best ways to protect your teeth and gums.


If you have experienced a change in bite, tooth loss, tenderness or swelling in the gums, gum recession or lasting soreness in the mouth, you may be suffering from gum disease. To learn more about scaling and root planing, contact our office today.

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