Periodontal TherapyAn Overview
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 Periodontal 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).
Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Like most dental health concerns, early diagnosis helps create a plan for effective and conservative treatment options before more advanced issues surface. Remember, sometimes you may not even know you have periodontal issues because it is a silent disease in its early stages. 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
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 more advanced cases of periodontitis, more treatments can help alleviate symptoms. Schedule a dental exam and periodontal evaluation with Dr. Weinstock today.