Periodontal TherapyAn Overview
The progression of periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. It is an inflammatory disease that results in the destruction of tooth-supporting bone. The gum inflammation is caused mainly by the accumulation of bacterial plaque below the gum line.
Periodontist Dr. David Weinstock provides personalized treatment plans for varying stages of gum disease. Dr. Weinstock is a highly trained periodontist with years of experience treating patients with varying stages of gum disease.
The Dangers of Gum Disease
Bacterial plaque is a soft, sticky, toxic mass that attaches to teeth along and underneath the gum line. If the plaque is not removed by regular brushing and flossing, it hardens and becomes tartar or calculus. As the tartar develops, it forms a cohesive bond with the root surface of the tooth. Tartar can only be removed by the dentist or hygienist through scaling and root planing (SRP).
Left untreated, the resulting bone loss will leave behind pockets of gum around the affected teeth. These pockets will harbor still more plaque, bacteria, and tartar in an area that is inaccessible to the patient. The progress of the disease will usually accelerate.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is often painless in its early and moderate stages. Like most dental health concerns, early diagnosis helps allow for effective and conservative treatment options. If you notice any of the following changes in your oral health, be sure to contact our Bala Cynwyd dentist office.
- Bleeding gums
- Chronic halitosis
- Loose teeth
- Shifting of teeth
- Change in the fit of oral appliance
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
Dr. Weinstock and his amazing staff are top shelf! They are friendly, professional, skilled and engaged. Even though his office was usually full, I was always made to feel like the only person in the room. From the time I was 16 years old I hid behind a broken smile,…Lisa M.
Would I recommend Dr. Weinstock??? I definitely would and have. I don’t think there is any procedure left that my mouth and I haven’t undergone…from regular checkups to implants and everything in-between so I do speak from experience. And as a side note – to all of the women of…Carol Z.
I first came to Dr. Weinstock’s office shortly after breaking my two front teeth at age nine. Unlike my previous dentist, Dr. Weinstock was able to bond my teeth so that they appeared normal and did not randomly break off. Seven years later, I decided to get veneers. Dr. Weinstock’s…Sarah C.
Periodontal Therapy What to Expect
Healthy gums are the basis of good oral health. Your gum health is essential in maintaining the integrity and structure of your smile. Treatment for gum disease will be determined based on the progression of the disease.
Dr. Weinstock will also take into consideration any other oral health concerns you may have developed. Treating gum disease requires cleaning the gums and deep tissue pockets of bacteria and tartar so that the gums can properly heal.
Preventative Dental Hygiene
There are preventative measures that can be taken to prevent or slow the progression of gum disease. Twice daily brushing and flossing are every patient’s first defense against the development of gum disease.
If you need tips on proper techniques, our compassionate staff will be happy to give you some pointers. Preventative dental care is also a big factor in preventing gum disease. Visiting Dr. Weinstock at least twice a year for professional cleanings can remove tartar you can not reach with your daily oral hygiene routine.
Scaling & Root Planing
If gum disease has already begun to develop, Dr. Weinstock may recommend scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing (SRP) refers to the meticulous polishing of the tooth surface and cleaning of roots and the surrounding tissues. It establishes a healthy environment necessary for healing.
In many procedure instances, SRP is the only procedure necessary. However, in more advanced cases additional treatments may be necessary to eliminate periodontal pockets through surgical intervention. For your comfort, a local anesthetic can be used during the procedure.