Take Your Dental Care to the Next Level
Despite what often happens, people do not have to lose their teeth as they get older. Following a proper preventative care routine that includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments make it possible that you can keep your natural teeth for life. That involves not only caring for the teeth themselves but also the structures that surround them – the gums and tooth-supporting bone. Gum disease, which is a bacterial infection, threatens these supporting tissues. That is why dental professionals are always on the lookout for early signs that patients may not notice. When signs of trouble become apparent, periodontal therapy may be suggested.
The Path to Better Dental Health
Periodontal therapy can take various forms, but the goal is always to restore diseased tissues to healthy tissues. Gum (periodontal) disease can spread from the gums to the bone that supports the teeth, and may even cause tooth loss in the most severe cases. There are very effective therapies to combat this, ranging from scalings (deep cleanings) that remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from beneath the gum line to surgical repair of lost gum and bone tissue.
In some cases, we need to treat some of the deep pockets with a product call Arestin this helps kill some of the bad bacteria below the gum line. If you are dealing with gum disease or other dental issues, contact us at Rice Area Dental to set up an appointment today.