When most people think of a beautiful smile, they think about white teeth free of decay. However, your gums are equally important to your oral health, both aesthetically and functionally. For this reason, periodontal (gum) disease is a serious oral health issue that can drastically affect your smile. At Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS, we specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease because we want our patients to maintain a healthy, dazzling smile!
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Much like tooth decay, periodontal disease is caused by the harmful bacteria found in plaque, the sticky biofilm on our teeth. When plaque is allowed to build up, our immune system produces toxins to combat bacteria. Unfortunately, these toxins also target healthy tissues, causing the infection we refer to as periodontal disease.
The infection starts with the gums. It then spreads to all tissues that support your teeth. Without treatment, it will likely cause tooth loss for one or more teeth.
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Treating Advanced Periodontal Disease
As a periodontist, Dr. Bruce Gopin specializes in treatments designed to prevent or reverse the effects of periodontal disease. While some of the damage to your tissues may be irreversible, our treatments can still get your periodontal health back on track. One of the most common treatments for advanced periodontal disease is a procedure known as a scaling and root planing.
A scaling and root planing is similar to a conventional cleaning. During the procedure, we use an ultrasonic scaler to eliminate plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from the surfaces of your teeth. Next, we smooth out any rough surfaces on your roots to prevent plaque, tartar, and bacteria from re-adhering below the gum tissues. This process is extensive and may require more than one appointment, depending on the severity of your periodontal disease.
After your scaling and root planing, your gums should return to a pink, healthy state. Healthy gums also fit snugly around each tooth. To prevent a reoccurrence, be sure to implement a strong oral hygiene that includes daily flossing.
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Maintaining proper periodontal health is one of the best ways to protect your smile! Call 915-213-3455 to schedule your appointment today!