Periodontal disease is certainly no picnic, but thanks to advances in science, this is often a treatable condition. Dentistry has come a long ways in treating periodontal disease, so even if non-surgical treatments are not successful, there are other ways to help you. There are a few things you can expect when you turn to dentistry to resolve your periodontal disease.
First of all, you can expect that your dentist will discuss with you what you need to change in your life that probably led to you getting periodontal disease. Contributing factors include ineffective home oral hygiene, smoking, and limited professional cleaning visits. Through education, a dentistry consultation is designed to help you not only resolve the problem, but also keep it from reoccurring in the future.
In order to attempt to avoid surgical methods, one of the first procedures will be to remove the calculus or tartar, as well as any bacteria that are present. Doing this is often enough to start a healing response, but your dentist will do a follow-up evaluation in a few weeks to make sure.
If all else fails, dentistry options will advance to surgical techniques. You can expect to receive local anesthesia or even sedation for these procedures, as well as some mild pain medication while you recover. Again, even these more involved dentistry procedures require that you continually follow the advice given for keeping your periodontal disease from returning.
If you have symptoms of periodontal disease such as gum tenderness, receding gums or bleeding when you brush your teeth, don’t delay a dentistry visit. Give us a call at Amberwood Dental Centre in Newmarket, ON, and we’ll get you on the path to good oral health.