Wentzville Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal Therapy in Wentzville, MO
When many people think of oral health problems, they imagine tooth decay, impacted wisdom teeth, and other tooth problems. They don’t always appreciate how important gums are to their teeth and their overall health. Gum disease can cause a range of problems, including:
- pain or bleeding at the gumline
- tooth loss
- risk of infection entering the bloodstream
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammatory response that leads to the loss of tooth-supporting tissues. Often it is caused by bacteria in plaque and calculus. Symptoms include swollen, red, tender gums that can lead to what feels like a toothache and eventual loss of the tooth.
For Healthy Gums,
Trust Parkway Family Dental Care
If you have painful, bleeding gums or want to be proactive in preventing gum disease, call Parkway Family Dental Care in Wentzville, MO, today for periodontal therapy. Our number is (636)327-6880.
Treating gum disease often involves a deep cleaning, otherwise known as scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing often requires more than one visit to our office in order to effectively treat the disease. After applying a local anesthetic, your hygienist will clean beneath the gum line to ensure that tartar, plaque, and calculus are removed. The gums might be sore for a little while afterward, but as they heal, they should pull tighter against the teeth and minimize tooth drift or loosening of the teeth. Your dentist will most likely recommend more frequent cleanings, from two to four times a year, to prevent gum disease from getting worse.
If a deep cleaning of the gums is not enough to eradicate gum disease, your dentist might consider surgical options for periodontal therapy. These include:
- gingival flap surgery
- tissue grafts