Periodontal Therapy in Glen Mills, PA
Bleeding gums are not normal for healthy gums—it’s a sign of infection. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and without regular trips to the dentist, people can go years without noticing it developing. No matter how well you take care of your teeth, plaque and tartar can form in spots on your teeth that are hard to reach. If you show signs of gum disease, or if it has been a while since you have been to the dentist, don’t wait to make an appointment. At Star Care Dental, we offer patients in the Glen Mills, PA, area Periodontal Therapy that can kill bacteria and preserve your teeth.
Periodontal disease: Progression and symptoms
Chronic periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in plaque. These bacteria infect the soft tissue in your mouth, causing inflammation and bleeding in your gums. At this stage, known as Gingivitis, you can reverse infection before there is any permanent damage. Over time, infection forces your gums to pull off of your teeth and recede. This creates large pockets in the gum line below your teeth, where more bacteria grow out of reach from floss and your toothbrush.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include inflammation in the gums, bleeding, chronic bad breath, and loose or shifting teeth in your mouth. As the disease progresses, it can infect your tooth root and cause irreversible damage to your enamel and gums. Dr. Nair will evaluate your teeth during every checkup for signs of gum disease.
While you can cure gingivitis, you can’t reverse gum recession. However, you can stop it in its tracks with proactive care. Dr. Nair and her team can perform a deep cleaning with scaling and root planing. Because diseased gums are often more sensitive, the technician will numb your mouth with an anesthetic before treatment.
During scaling, tartar and plaque are gently scraped from your teeth and out of pockets formed around your tooth root under the gum line. Root planing is when the technician smooths out the surface of your tooth as well as the root to remove bacteria and encourage your gums to reattach to your teeth. Once the root planing is complete, Dr. Nair will apply ARESTIN®, a powder form of minocycline hydrochloride, to periodontal pockets to kill bacteria and remove the infection.
Periodontal therapy can be time-consuming, and sometimes it will require multiple appointments. We recommend patients in Glen Mills and the surrounding cities like Aston or Wilmington contact Dr. Nair and her team for regular checkups to keep gums healthy and prevent gum infections from causing extensive damage to oral health. Contact Star Care Dental today at (610) 569-0509.