Gum Disease Treatments in Bonita Springs, FL
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects more than half of adults over the age of 30 in the US. After the age of 35, this number jumps to 80%, and gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for this demographic. At Pelican Landing Dental, we do our utmost to help patients from Bonita Spring, Estero, and all of Southwest Florida prevent gum disease and maintain their healthiest smiles. Unfortunately, even our best efforts aren’t enough to prevent this insidious oral health condition for every patient, but we do offer a wide array of treatments to renew oral health following gum disease. If you’re suffering from gum disease, call our office to schedule an appointment right away.
Scaling & Root Planing
In the earliest stages of gum disease, commonly referred to as gingivitis, we will likely begin renewing oral health with more frequent professional teeth cleanings. Coupled with improved at home care, this may be effective in reversing damage and restoring healthy smiles. However, if we’re unable to diagnose and begin treatments in these early stages, we’ll need to move on to more advanced solutions. In most situations, this means scaling and root planing. These treatments are almost always completed together. Scaling is the systematic removal of all plaque and tartar buildup. Root planing is the smoothing of tooth roots to prevent future buildup from occurring. Following this initial treatment, we will likely recommend professional cleanings at least three times each year, and patients will need to make sure their at home hygiene routine is thorough.
Plaque is a byproduct of the bacteria that live in our mouths. These bacteria are a necessary part of our digestion process, but the plaque they produce can create tooth decay and gum disease. In most cases, our saliva is able to neutralize the acidic plaque, which is then removed during daily brushing and flossing. However, when the level of acid in the mouth overwhelms the ability of saliva to neutralize it, the result is plaque buildup, weakened tooth enamel, and irritated soft tissue. For this reason, patients who are suffering from gum disease benefit from a reduction in the number bacteria in the mouth. This is accomplished through oral or topical antibiotic therapy.