Periodontal Therapy

Your gum health is vital to more than just a beautiful smile. When gum disease takes hold, it can be detrimental to your overall health and be a catalyst to other serious medical issues. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that periodontitis affects about 50% of American adults, making it a major concern for many people.

At Ambler Dental Care, we have seen how periodontitis can destroy oral health and lead to tooth loss. We also understand the dangers that this disease poses to our patients’ health. Periodontitis has been linked to type 2 diabetes and stroke, among other serious medical conditions. As part of our general dental treatments, we offer periodontal therapy to help our patients fight severe gum disease and restore their oral and overall health.

Gum Infection Treatment

Periodontitis develops from gingivitis, a milder form of gum disease. When plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, the gums begin to retract. As the gums recede, larger pockets form between the tooth and gum, leaving more room for bacteria to grow and making it harder to keep plaque and tartar at bay through brushing and flossing. With periodontitis, the gums become infected, creating an immune system response that can begin destroying the gum tissue and support for the teeth.

To fight periodontitis, the gum infection must be stopped. Cleaning away plaque and tartar through professional deep cleanings is a start. For our patients with periodontitis, we may recommend several deep cleanings a year paired with home treatments to fight the infection and help heal the gums.

Scaling and Root Planing

When there are deep pockets around the teeth, it may be necessary to clean below the gum line. Scaling and root planing are two of the methods we use to thoroughly clean the roots of the teeth when gum disease has progressed. Once the roots are cleaned using special tools and techniques, the gums need to be kept disinfected and allowed to heal with ongoing home and office treatments.

Stop the progression of severe gum disease with periodontal therapy. Contact us today at Ambler Dental Care to begin the journey to better oral health.

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