What is Periodontal Disease Therapy?
What your dentist in Woodbridge, Virginia wants you to know
If you brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist and hygienist, chances are you may not need periodontal disease therapy. However, if you are one of the many people who don’t practice excellent oral hygiene and only visit your dentist and hygienist when you have a problem, you may need periodontal disease therapy. Dr. Charles Sours in Woodbridge, Virginia wants to share the facts about periodontal disease therapy and how it can help you.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria contained in the plaque which clings to your teeth. Initially, the bacteria cause gum disease, resulting in bleeding and painful gums. Gum disease can be reversed by good oral hygiene, regular dental cleanings and exams.
If gum disease goes untreated and your oral hygiene regimen isn’t as good as it should be, the bacteria can begin to destroy your gums, and the bone supporting your teeth. When the bone and supporting ligaments become infected, you now have periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease can’t be cured; it can only be managed. That’s where periodontal disease therapy comes in. Dr. Sours will do a complete dental exam, including x-rays to determine the level of bone loss and measure the soft tissue attachment of your gums to your teeth. He will develop a customized treatment plan to manage your periodontal disease.
The treatment plan of periodontal disease therapy includes more intensive, deeper cleanings performed every 3 to 4 months. The goal of periodontal disease therapy is to form a healthy tissue-to-tooth attachment and stabilize and prevent losing more bone.
In addition to deep, intensive cleanings, your dentist may also recommend periodontal surgery to reposition the gums, making your mouth easier to keep clean. Grafts of soft tissue or bone may also be suggested to help you regain attachment.
Periodontal disease therapy can save your smile, but early diagnosis and treatment is essential to a good outcome. Make an appointment today for a thorough exam and cleaning to determine if you need periodontal disease therapy. Just call Dr. Charles Sours in Woodbridge, Virginia today to get started!