Periodontal Disease Treatment in Prairieville, LA
If you suffer from bad breath, have loose teeth, bleeding gums, or have severe tartar build up then you may have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also commonly referred to as gum disease, is the most common disease in the U.S.
In addition to causing destruction of the tooth’s supporting structures, periodontal disease has also been directly linked to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other systemic diseases. This makes sense, as any bacterial infection that can enter your blood stream can spread to other areas of the body and cause problems. Many of our patients have told us that they feel healthier once they’ve undergone periodontal treatment.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the teeth’s supporting structures. The supporting structures include the gingival, the bone beneath it, and the periodontal ligament that attach teeth to their bony socket. Plaque and tartar, which contain harmful bacteria, attach not only to the crown portion of the tooth (above the gums), but also below the gums on the surface of the roots.
These harmful bacteria release toxins into the surrounding tissue. As with any other bacterial infection, the body tries to fight it with your immune system. The result is an inflammatory reaction as your body tries to fight the infection. Unless the source of the toxins is removed then the inflammatory reaction continues and bone and supporting tissues are lost as a result.
How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Although we cannot replace the bone lost due to periodontal disease, we can halt the progression and return your mouth to a healthy state that will prevent more destructive bone loss. Depending on the severity of the destruction and the health of the teeth and their supporting structures, one of the following treatment recommendations will be made:
- Scaling removes hard deposits (called tartar or calculus) from the tooth below the gums.
- Root Planing removes tartar from the root surface and smoothing of any rough root irregularities in order to promote healing
- Localized or Systemic Antibiotic delivery to prevent reattachment of bacteria in cleaned sites
- Periodontal Surgery in severe cases
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