Gum disease is a very common chronic disease among American adults. In the early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, early treatment can stop it from 1progressing into something serious or it may even reverse the disease. Once gum disease is present, periodontal maintenance keeps the disease from advancing further. In the most serious stages of gum disease, it can cause tooth loss and severe pain. It can even lead to severe health problems in the rest of your body. You can work with your dentist to maintain your periodontal disease to keep the situation from worsening, as it will do with no treatment or action.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, also known as a periodontal cleaning or a deep cleaning, is a more involved form of a professional dental cleaning. Scaling and root planing involve carefully removing bacteria from your roots underneath your gums. Local anesthesia may be applied before the procedure to minimize discomfort. Depending on the extent of the situation, multiple visits may be required to complete a thorough deep cleaning.
PerioProtect® is an anti-bacterial medicine that can further help with the removal of the bacteria associated with gum disease. Custom-designed trays will be designed specifically for your mouth, so that the anti-bacterial medicine can penetrate the areas needed. The trays make sure that the medicine gets to the periodontal pockets that may have been formed by gingivitis and gum recession. The medicine can play an essential role in fighting off the harmful microbes and bacteria that cause inflammation and infection in the gums.
LANAP® stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Protocol. It allows your doctor to perform complex periodontal treatment with the use of advanced laser technology. Traditional periodontal surgery may require a scalpel and the need for sutures afterwards. Therefore the healing time for traditional periodontal surgery may be longer. An advanced, soft-tissue diode laser is used with LANAP® to eliminate periodontal infection and disease in a quicker, more comfortable, and more effective technique.
Could periodontal maintenance help your smile?
Periodontal maintenance can keep gum disease from worsening. To schedule a consultation with Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, TX, call 972-335-7100. We proudly welcome patients from Frisco and all surrounding communities, including Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Prosper, The Colony, Carrollton, Lewisville, and more.