Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease results in weakening the supporting bone and gum tissue that supports a tooth root. The main cause of gum disease is dental plaque that contains bacteria and forms tartar deposits as it hardens.

Periodontal disease may also increase the risk for other diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease etc.

Screening for gum disease:

Gum disease tends to be ‘silent’ and painless in the beginning. Some warning signs that you may be affected with gum disease:
  • If you’ve ever noticed bleeding gums, may be occasionally.
  • If you frequently find foul taste or discharge in your mouth
  • If you notice bad breath
  • If you find food getting ‘stuck’ in some areas of the mouth
  • If your gums are swollen or receding
  • If you get an itching sensation or irritation in the gums
  • If you have discomfort on chewing
  • If you find your teeth to be ‘sensitive’ to hot or cold food
  • If your teeth feel loose
  • If you have high risk for gum disease; like diabetes, osteoporosis or certain medications.
If you’ve noticed any warning signs, you need to undergo a complete periodontal examination, where the status of gums around each tooth is recorded in detail.

Treatment includes removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surface and can be achieved by procedures depending upon the severity of the problem. the procedures include scaling and root planing, curettage, application of local drugs, gingivectomy and flap surgery.

Long-term care is very important to successful periodontal treatment. That’s why we design customized maintenance schedules for all our periodontal patients, based on their individual needs and risks.
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