You don’t need a degree in dentistry to know that there is much more going on in your mouth than just your teeth. Without proper care, your gums can actually develop an infection called periodontal disease, which has symptoms like redness, swelling, bleeding gums, and even tooth loss in the advanced stages. Thankfully, Dr. Dean and our team are able to take care of your entire smile here in Covington. If we spot any issues with your gums during your checkup, we’ll be able to take care of them right away using a variety of periodontal therapy treatments.
Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria on the teeth below the gum line, and scaling and root planing is a type of dental cleaning that can be used to remove it. Also as part of this procedure, the roots of the teeth are gently smoothed out to make plaque less likely to gather near the gums in the future, drastically lowering the chances of future infections.
Another common symptom of periodontal disease is gum recession, which can make the teeth appear unnaturally long and also expose the delicate enamel around the roots. Instead of fixing this problem with an invasive gum graft, Dr. Dean can use the Chao Pinhole Technique to restore the look, health, and position of the gum line. Using a literal pin-sized hole placed in the gums, special tools enable him to gently stretch and massage the gums back into place without the need of incisions or sutures. The procedure is fast, effective, and results can be seen/felt immediately.
Unfortunately, while periodontal disease can be effectively treated and managed, it’s impossible to fully cure. That’s why, after being diagnosed with it, a patient will need to engage in ongoing care in order to keep the levels of bacteria in their mouth under control. This will involve diligent oral hygiene at home, rinsing with a special kind of mouthwash, and receiving dental cleanings on a three to four month basis as opposed to the normal six. This way, if the infection looks like it is coming back, our team can take care of it right away.
As periodontal disease progresses, patients tend to develop small pockets of bacteria located between their teeth and gums. These are extremely hard to clean with traditional tools, which is where treatment with PerioChip can help. Smaller than a grain of rice, this chip can be placed directly into an infected pocket where it will release a powerful antibiotic 24 hours a day for an entire week. This will enable the medicine to reach even the lowest part of the pocket to kill the deepest bacteria.