Periodontal Maintenance Cleaning
Periodontal maintenance is the cornerstone of our practice providing the state-of-the art technology to preserve the dentin or teeth of patients afflicted with periodontal disease.
Our team of hygienists have extensive experience manage complex periodontal patients. We treat patients with gum disease on a daily basis. As periodontal specialists, we are thorough in our cleaning of deep pockets, well below the gum line, and we are accustom to treating complex periodontal disease patients on a daily basis.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can be reversed with regular professional cleanings. When gingivitis goes untreated certain strains of bacteria that live in this plaque damage gum tissue and bone. Your body tries to fight this infection with an inflammatory assault, sending white blood cells to the area to destroy the bacteria. This inflammation causes the tissue to bleed easily when you brush or floss. This stage of the condition is called gingivitis.
If the infection and inflammation persist, what results is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the gums and bone around the teeth are slowly destroyed, many times with no awareness or symptoms. At this stage, it is called periodontitis.
The biggest risk factors are ineffective home care and smoking. Periodontitis has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions. In short, healthy gums are the gateway to a healthier body.
Options and Alternatives
Gingivitis can be reversed with regular professional cleanings, and excellent home care including daily flossing! It is also important to eat healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. These types of foods have important anti-oxidants and phytonutrients your body needs to remain healthy.
Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, and once this occurs generally surgical intervention is usually necessary to eliminate the deep pockets which develop between the teeth and gums. If these pockets persist, they become "privileged sites" for bacteria to organize even more colonies.
Traditional gum surgery involves cutting away some of the gum tissue, and reshaping the bone underneath to reduce pockets. LANAP is a progressive technique using a specialized laser to destroy the bacteria which cause the disease, and alter the tissue so that it has the opportunity to heal. The use of the laser is less invasive than traditional scalpel surgery, and results in a much faster and less painful recovery.