Periodontal Care

Periodontal Care Kingston, PA

The health of your gums is just as important as your teeth. Signs of blood, gum inflammation, or recession are all indications that your mouth’s foundation is unwell. The health of your gum tissue and bone are vital to us, which is why we strive to treat any periodontal condition you’re experiencing. Learn more about periodontal care below, and schedule an appointment to get started maintaining your oral health at our Kingston, PA office.

    What is Periodontal Disease?

    Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection that affects the gums and bone that support the teeth. This condition is caused by a combination of bacteria and dental plaque, which can lead to symptoms including:

    • Bleeding gums
    • Swollen gums
    • Bad breath
    • Discomfort chewing
    • Teeth sensitivity
    • Mobile teeth
    • Gum tissue recession

    Stages of Gum Disease

    To determine your periodontal condition, the dentist or dental hygienist uses an instrument called a probe to measure the depth of your gum tissue. The depth of healthy gum tissue is between 1-3 millimeters. Deeper readings indicate what stage of gum disease you have and what type of cleaning you will need.

    Stage 1: Gingivitis

    The first sign of gum disease is inflammation of the gums, which indicates that your body is fighting a bacterial infection. Usually, bleeding is noticed when brushing and flossing. The good news is this stage is reversible!

    Stage 2: Slight Periodontal Disease

    This stage of the infection has spread to the bone and starts attacking bone tissue with highly aggressive bacteria. Although not reversible, it is still manageable. This stage is usually treated by a non-surgical cleaning called scaling and root planing.

    Stage 3: Moderate Periodontal Disease

    Deeper pockets start developing between your teeth and gums, and the bacteria attacks the teeth and jawbone. During this stage, the bacteria can enter your bloodstream and immune system. Stage 3 can also be treated by non-surgical scaling and root planing, and may require medication.

    Stage 4: Advanced Periodontal Disease

    This is the most severe stage of periodontal disease and can cause a 50-90% chance of irreversible bone loss. Usually, the best treatment is periodontal surgery or laser therapy to properly clean out deep pockets and help the infected tissue heal.

    What is Periodontal Care?

    Different from a traditional dental cleaning, periodontal care is a thorough deep cleaning that removes harmful bacteria and helps stop the progression of gum disease. Periodontal care is performed by a dental professional and may involve surgical or non-surgical treatment, and possibly medications to help control the infection.

    How Does Periodontal Care Work?

    Periodontal care works to promote gum health and stop the progression of bone loss. Using a technique called scaling and root planing, we remove harmful bacteria and smooth the root surfaces to encourage healing and gum reattachment to the teeth. This procedure may take a few visits to complete and may require regular maintenance appointments following initial treatment.

    The Benefits to Periodontal Care

    Treating your periodontal disease will stop the progression of gum recession, bone loss, and ultimately, tooth loss. Surprisingly, the benefits don’t stop at just your mouth. By treating gum disease, you also decrease your risk of:

    • Stroke
    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Respiratory disease

    Schedule Appointment

    Think you may have periodontal disease? Schedule an appointment with Brand Dental in Kingston, PA today!