So if a patient and they've got, depending on what level of gum disease that they have, we have multiple protocols on how to address periodontal disease, gum disease, 'cause gum disease is one of those things where it doesn't hurt till it's too late.
Typically the teeth as loose, can't chew on 'em, that point, you're losing teeth most of the time. So we do periodontal screenings where we're taking measurements of how much bone loss or gum loss there's been and then we set up our different protocols and it can be simply that we're gonna see you more often, 'cause for whatever reason you build up the stuff that causes gum disease, which is calculus and tartar. And some patients build it up faster than others, and if we see them every three months instead of every six months, we're not allowing that disease to really take hold and cause damage.
So it can be as simple as that or it can be that we need to do some deeper cleanings, we need to use the laser to sterilize the ... all we're doing is sterilizing down in that pocket to allow it to heal. So we have Perio Protect that we can make trays where you put a gel in there and it keeps the bacteria down in the pockets as well. So it just depends. Obviously, we're gonna address it at whatever level that is, and then offer you the best treatment to take care of whatever that level is.
It’s impossible to have healthy teeth without healthy gums! Yet nearly half of all adults over age 30 have gum (periodontal) disease. And gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. In addition, some studies link it to serious health conditions like stroke, diabetes, and ulcers.
At Tieken Smiles Dentistry, we don’t want you to become a grim statistic. Dr. J. Derek Tieken and our talented team look for signs of gum disease at every dental exam in our League City, TX dentist office. In its early stages, we’ll eliminate it with a dental cleaning. For more advanced cases, we use a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing.
Call Tieken Smiles Dentistry so you don’t become a gum disease statistic!
How Gum Disease Progresses
Gum disease occurs when bacteria in your mouth infects your gums. The infection gets below your gumline and creates “pockets” where more bacteria can collect. As your body tries to fight the infection, it begins breaking down the tissue and bone surrounding your teeth.
In the early stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, you may have tender, inflamed gums. As the gum disease progresses, it begins destroying not just tissue but bone. This stage is called periodontitis. The infection from your gums also can enter your bloodstream.
Scaling and Root Planing Explained
During scaling, we deep clean your teeth and their roots. Then, in a procedure called root planing, we smooth the rough areas from your teeth’s roots to help prevent bacteria from collecting underneath your gumline.
To ensure you feel no discomfort, we numb the area with anesthesia. And we reverse the effects of anesthesia with OraVerse so you won’t leave with a numb face.
Dr. Derek Tieken may prescribe follow-up treatment with customized trays filled with a medicated solution you can use at home. The trays dispense antibacterial medication in those “pockets” beneath your gumline that you can’t reach with a toothbrush or floss.