Periodontal Disease, Melbourne FL
Periodontal or gum disease happens when bacteria gets below the gum line and the attachment between the gum and tooth is lost. Three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease and only 3 out of 100 will ever get treated before its too late.
Gum disease is a silent, chronic, painless and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable and no longer able to be ignored. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and traditional treatment can hurt.
Gum Disease Treatment
The initial stage of treatment is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gum line.
The tooth roots may also be planed to smooth the root surface allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. In some cases, the occlusion (bite) may require adjustment.
Antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontitis. In some cases, Dr. Patel may place antibiotic fibers in the periodontal pockets after scaling and planing. This may be done to control infection and to encourage normal healing.
When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for Dr. Patel to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health.
Services to treat Gum disease
Periodontal scaling and root planing:
- Usually the first step in the treatment of active bacterial gum disease
- Removal of Tartar, Plaque and Toxins from Tooth and Root Surfaces above and below the Gumline under local anesthesia
Arestin Antimicrobial Therapy:
- Treatment for active gum disease and periodontal pockets
- Site Specific antibiotic therapy
- Enhances results of Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal Maintenance Therapy:
- Sustain stabilized Periodontal Health
- Alternate care with your periodontist
- Monitor Periodontal progress