Recover from gum disease with periodontal therapy from Dr. Christopher Nowacki
Everyone has a certain amount of bacteria that exists inside the mouth. Unfortunately, bacteria can produce plaque, a sticky, colorless substance that coats teeth and gums. Thankfully, it can easily be removed with a toothbrush and toothpaste. When plaque is missed, however, it hardens into calculus and can only be removed with the help of more serious tools. Calculus can be removed with deep cleanings during general dentistry appointments, but if it gets under the gum line, it can start causing some serious damage to your teeth and gums. Dr. Christopher Nowacki performs periodontal therapy to remove these tricky germs and slow the effects of gum disease. Please call our Palm Bay office immediately if you think you might benefit from periodontal therapy.
How can I tell if I need periodontal therapy?
There are many warning signs of the advanced stages of gum disease. Gums that appear inflamed, that are tender to the touch, and that bleed during brushing are definite indicators that you could be in need of periodontal therapy. When left untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss and decay. If we notice signs of gum disease during a general dentistry visit or at any other time you’re in our office, we’ll recommend proceeding with the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.
Scaling & Root Planing
We typically begin treatment by recommending more frequent visits to our office for professional teeth cleaning. For those patients with more advanced gum disease, we may begin with a more thorough procedure. Dr. Nowacki can use basic root planing and scaling to remove bacteria which has made its way into the gum line. Scaling is the systematic removal of plaque and tartar buildup, and root planing is the smoothing of tooth roots to prevent future buildup.
Often, we find that these germs will burrow their way between the teeth and gums, which can cause deep pockets to form and loosen teeth. This can lead to misalignment and even tooth loss. Our compassionate restorative dentistry team will work to remove as much of the bacteria and calculus from these areas as possible, and then we’ll most likely complete the periodontal therapy by applying antibiotics to the area. Following this advanced treatment, we’ll typically recommend patients continue to visit us more often for professional teeth cleanings, and many patients will also need to use special oral hygiene products at home.
Please call us today to schedule your periodontal therapy appointment. Dr. Christopher Nowacki regularly sees patients from Palm Bay, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Melbourne, and other Florida neighborhoods.