Periodontal Therapy – Wayne, PA
Protecting More Than Just Your Teeth
Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is one of the most common and destructive dental problems around the world today. It’s estimated that about 50% of the adult population in the U.S. currently has a mild or moderate form of it. Early symptoms include red, swollen, or tender gums that tend to bleed quite easily, but it can eventually turn into the leading cause of tooth loss if left untreated!
This is why, at Wayne Family Dentistry, we screen our patients’ gums every time they come to see us. Should we spot any signs of infection, we can utilize a selection of proven therapies to quickly contain and eliminate the harmful bacteria. If any of the symptoms we listed above sound familiar, be sure to contact us today so we can safeguard your smile!
Scaling & Root Planing
When treating periodontal disease, our first course of action will involve scaling and root planing, which can be thought of as a special kind of dental cleaning that is specifically focused on the gums. Using an ultrasonic cleaner, a member of our team will remove any plaque and tartar that has built up along the gum line (scaling), and then the roots of the teeth will be gently smoothed out (root planing). This will make plaque less likely to gather on them in the future, lowering a person’s chances of reinfection.
After an initial cleaning, our team may choose to use antibiotics to further fight the infection. This will come in the form of a topical antibiotic that is applied directly to the gums. There, it will dry quickly and then slowly dissolve over the next few days so the powerful medicine can reach even the most deeply hidden bacteria. Once this process is finished, a patient will be advised to come in for regular dental cleanings more frequently in order to prevent the infection from coming back.