Gingivitis, the first, is the best place to catch this common problem that affects an estimated 64+ million people
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As periodontal disease progresses toward periodontitis and then advanced periodontitis, it begins to break down healthy teeth, bone, and gums.
To stop the progression of periodontal disease, periodontists often recommend scaling and root planing. This is a trusted method to remove the bad bacteria and calculus that are growing deep in the periodontal pockets of your mouth.Find out more by calling us at 702-984-2577 to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Curry Leavitt.
If you are new to the idea of scaling and root planing, you may have questions about the procedure. It is a very efficient, minimally invasive process during which your hygienist will use manual and high-tech instruments like lasers to thoroughly clean the tooth root where it meets the jawbone. By scraping all the bacteria and tartar from the tooth surface, the hygienist makes it more difficult for new bacteria to grow.
After scaling and root planing, you will be given instructions for at-home care of the area. Be sure to follow any guidelines to get the most from the appointment. Although you may feel a little tenderness in the gums, over-the-counter pain remedies should make minimal discomfort go away.
Many people who believe (or know) they have gingivitis or a more progressive form of gum disease are under the impression that they can only see a periodontist by referral.
This is not the case!
If you live in the Las Vegas, NV, region, please call us at (702) 834-8900 to set up an evaluation to discuss your concerns. We are happy to talk with self-referred patients who want to improve the health of their teeth and gums.
Yet many of those individuals have never been to a periodontist for periodontal maintenance. Instead, they only commit to their regular six-month dental appointments. That is simply not enough to contain and control periodontal disease.
Gum disease requires consistent periodontal maintenance every four to six months over and above your regular dental exams. At your periodontal maintenance appointments, your hygienist will conduct deep dental cleaning treatments. These treatments are comfortable and efficient, as well as effective. The goal of periodontal maintenance is to stop the spread of the bacteria that cause gum disease.
All parts of your body can become infected, and that includes the soft tissues in your mouth. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissues caused by a build-up of aggressive bacteria.
The bacteria breed in between the teeth and gums, in the periodontal pockets. If left untouched, the bacteria will continue to destroy the surrounding connective tissues and gums, leading to deepening of the pocket.
From that point, bacteria and tartar will build up on the surface of the tooth and its root. Finally, the bacteria will slowly erode the jawbone, leading to eventual tooth loss.
Ironically, many people ignore the most common signs of gum disease, such as: