Periodontal Disease TreatmentSouthern Pines, NC

At Southern Pines Smiles, we recognize that your oral health significantly contributes to your overall well-being. A crucial yet often overlooked aspect of oral health is the health of your gums. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common condition that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and other severe health issues. Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to diagnosing and treating periodontal disease effectively and compassionately.

By integrating the latest technology with personalized care, we strive to ensure your journey to healthier gums is as comfortable and successful as possible. Whether you’re experiencing early signs of gum disease or managing a more advanced stage, Southern Pines Smiles is here to guide and support you every step of the way. Reach out to our Southern Pines, NC office today to get started!

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It begins as gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, where the inflammation affects the bone and tissue that hold your teeth in place, leading to potential tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is often painless in the early stages, making it difficult for individuals to recognize the problem until it becomes severe. The primary cause is bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth, but other factors such as smoking, genetic predisposition, and underlying health conditions like diabetes can also contribute to its development.

How Is Periodontal Disease Diagnosed?

At Southern Pines Smiles, we understand the importance of early detection and accurate diagnosis in effectively managing periodontal disease. Our trained and experienced dental professionals employ a multi-step approach to ensure an in-depth oral health assessment. Below you will find an outline of our process for diagnosing periodontal disease:

  1. Review of medical and dental histories: Understanding your medical history, including any conditions or risk factors such as smoking or diabetes, helps our team better understand your overall health status. This is because systemic conditions can influence the onset and progression of periodontal disease.
  2. Gum evaluation: The dentist or hygienist will use an instrument called a periodontal probe to gently measure the space between your teeth and gums. Healthy gums typically have shallow spaces, while periodontal disease often results in deeper pockets.
  3. Assessment of tooth mobility and alignment: Teeth that are loose or not in proper alignment can be an indicator of bone loss from periodontal disease.
  4. X-ray examination: Dental x-rays can provide critical information about the health of the bone supporting your teeth. Bone loss patterns can help determine the stage and type of periodontal disease.
  5. Diagnostic models: In some cases, we might make a cast of your teeth to evaluate your bite. A cast can be helpful for planning treatment for advanced periodontal disease.

By using a comprehensive diagnostic approach, we can determine the extent of the disease, the degree of damage already done, and the best way to manage the disease. At Southern Pines Smiles, we take the time to discuss our findings with you and design a treatment plan that suits your specific needs. Our goal is to guide you toward restoring your oral health every step of the way.

How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?

Periodontal disease is a complex condition that requires a comprehensive approach for effective management. Treatment aims to control the infection and halt the disease’s progression, restoring health to your gums and supporting bone structures. 

At Southern Pines Smiles, we are committed to providing personalized care that addresses your unique needs. Listed below are the treatment methods we employ to effectively manage the condition.

  • Scaling and root planing: This is a deep-cleaning, non-surgical procedure in which plaque and tartar are scraped away from above and below the gum line (scaling), and rough spots on the tooth root are made smooth (planing). Smoothing the rough spots removes bacteria and provides a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth.
  • Antibiotics and antimicrobials: We may prescribe oral antibiotics to help control bacterial infection. Topical antimicrobials, such as mouth rinses or the insertion of gels containing antibiotics in the space between your teeth and gums, may also be used.

Maintaining Gum Health

Maintaining gum health after treatment is crucial to prevent the recurrence of periodontal disease. This involves a robust at-home oral hygiene routine, including regular brushing and flossing and using an antimicrobial mouth rinse.

Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings at Southern Pines Smiles are also key to maintaining your gum health. Our dental team can also provide personalized advice on lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, to further support your oral health.

Your Oral Health Is Our Priority

Southern Pines Smiles is more than just a dental practice. We are a team of dedicated professionals committed to treating oral health issues and educating our patients about maintaining their dental health. We offer a welcoming, supportive environment where you can be assured of receiving the best care for periodontal disease. Reach out to our Southern Pines, NC office today to schedule an appointment.

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