Periodontists are dentists who study the supporting structure of teeth. They learn about the diseases and conditions that affect this area of your mouth too. This branch of dentistry is important for anyone who suffers from periodontal (gum) disease. It’s something that we at Cornelius Dental Clinic understand, and we know that you may feel a bit anxious about it. However, knowledge is power and a good way to put yourself at ease.
Treating Gum Disease at Home
Before you even arrive in our office, you’ll be able to tell if you’re suffering from gum disease. This is because your mouth will be painful or tender since your gums are red and swollen. If left unchecked for a while, your gums may even start to pull away from your teeth. This will make your teeth look longer, grow further apart, or even grow loose. The only way you can prevent this from happening is to brush your teeth twice daily with a soft toothbrush and some fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you also floss once daily.
When to See Your Dentist
Once you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, you’ll need to see us so we can effectively treat it for you. We’ll start by conducting a “scaling and root planing.” This special type of cleaning in which bacteria, plaque, and tartar deposits are removed from your teeth and their roots. This also stops any further decay from happening to your teeth or bones so they won’t be destroyed any further.
Sometimes this isn’t enough, however. When this is the case, you’ll either need some medication or periodontal deep cleaning (an advanced form of periodontal cleaning). This cleaning allows us to thoroughly clean your teeth, so that gum disease doesn’t spread or worsen.
Healing from Periodontal Disease
Many more people are suffering from periodontal disease today than in the past. This is unfortunate because it doesn’t only get inside your teeth, but it’ll also affect your gums and bones too. Once you have gum disease, it won’t go away on its own. It also can’t be cured. All we can do is treat and prevent it from coming back.
How bad your case of gum disease is will determine how we treat it. Nevertheless, we need to catch it as soon as possible to make sure you don’t lose any bone or tissue. This will also make sure that you’re able to hold your teeth in place, so they don’t fall out.
When you don’t seek treatment for periodontal disease, it will get worse. This will cause bacterial pockets to form between your teeth and gums. Sometimes they’ll grow swollen and become full of puss. You should get these treated as soon as possible, so they don’t result in arthritis, diabetes, dementia, or heart issues. With this in mind, you really should contact Cornelius Dental Clinic at (971) 317-9323 today. Remember, this is important because the longer you wait, the worse your dental and overall health issues will grow. It’s better to take care of a small problem than have to deal with a huge one.