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What to Expect from Your Periodontal Treatment

Any new form of dental treatment can be a little intimidating. For those who are experiencing gingivitis or periodontal disease for the first time, an appointment to deal with these problems carries apprehension. What will happen during periodontal treatment? This week's blog post from our Schenetady dentist is a refresher course on periodontal disease, the areas it affects, and how periodontal treatment will repair damage that has been done. By educating yourself as to what will happen during your periodontal treatment, you give yourself valuable preparation that will find you calm and comfortable during treatment.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. It is the preliminary stage of gum infection that can lead to full-on periodontal disease. Patients with gingivitis will likely have swollen, inflamed, bleeding, and sore gums. Catching gum problems at the gingivitis stage makes treatment simpler. If you are experiencing the aforementioned symptoms, contact your dentist right away.

What is periodontal disease?

When gingivitis progresses, the soft tissues of the mouth become infected by harmful bacteria. Periodontal disease (also called periodontitis) affects the gums and the teeth. It can lead to gum recession, tissue loss, decay, loose teeth, bone loss, and tooth loss. For this reason, we're serious about treating periodontal disease in a thorough and prompt fashion.

What does periodontal treatment entail?

Periodontal treatment removes disease from affected areas of the mouth. This typically means scaling and root planing, which may be accompanied by antibiotics (taken orally or placed in periodontal pockets) and gum surgery.

What are scaling and root planing? Are they painful?

Scaling is actually something that takes place during every one of your dental exams with our Schenectady dentist. It's simply bacteria and plaque being scraped from your teeth. Root planing is scaling that targets areas below the gum line. Depending on the severity of your infection, we will employ local anesthesia or dental sedation to ensure that you feel nothing during scaling and planing. We may treat your mouth in sections, spread over multiple appointments, to minimize discomfort. After your periodontal treatment, your gums will heal and you will find the effects of disease have retreated.

Our Schenectady dentist will answer any questions you may have about periodontal treatment. If your gums are in pain, don't hesitate to contact our office and begin the healing process.

 

When you have a sore limb, the flu, or a headache, you seek medical attention for some kind of relief. General health problems carry a certain amount of gravity that causes us to respond with haste. When dental health seems like it could be compromised, few people respond in the same way. Our Schenectady dentist assures you that your dental health should be as important to you as your whole-body health. Today, we’ll discuss the reasons your oral health is imperative and ways to keep your teeth and gums strong. With excellent care and the aid of our dentist, superb dental health is a possibility for every one of your patients.

Why is dental health so important? If I have a cavity, my Schenectady dentist can just fix it at my next dental exam.

Oral health can suffer from different attackers. Something like a single cavity is a relatively mild dental problem. But a single cavity can spread. It can lead to multiple cavities, to an infected tooth, or even to periodontal disease (infection of the gums). These problems can’t be resolved in a single dental appointment. They take multiple restorations and periodontal therapy to be eradicated from your mouth. Waiting to take action when it seems something could be wrong with your teeth allows the disease time to spread. Additionally, dental problems can lead to whole-body health issues of which many patients aren’t aware.

Does my Schenectady dentist have any tips on what I need to do to maintain stellar dental health?

-       Brush and floss daily, and properly (for long enough and in a thorough fashion)

-       Maintain regular dental exams (every six months)

-       Contact your Schenectady dentist as soon as you feel something is wrong with your teeth or gums

-       Cut back on consumption of acidic, sugary drinks like coffee and soda

-       Rise your mouth with water after eating

There are more tips where those came from – contact our Schenectady dentist to set up your next exam and learn about dental habits that are appropriate for your personal smile.



Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
518-374-9770

  

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