According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an impressive half of all Americans over age thirty have some form of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. This means that if it's been a while since you last visited Warrenton dentist Jeffrey A. Harris, D.D.S. for a routine exam and cleaning, the time to make your next appointment is today!
The good news, however, is that if you are unlucky enough to be one of the many Warrenton residents who currently have some form of gum disease, your dentist will likely offer you several treatment options.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and Root Planing are the processes of deep cleaning the teeth and gum lines to remove the offending tartar and infection. Your dentist may use dental tools to manually scrape off the tartar if it is easily accessible. Some dentists use lasers to clean with less bleeding and irritation.
If your gum disease is advanced enough, your Warrenton dentist may prescribe a medication to fight the infection and help restore your dental health. These medications can take the form of gels, mouthwashes or capsules.
If your periodontal disease is advanced, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem and restore your dental health. Surgery may be used to clean out and close the pockets your gums have developed, or it might be used to graft new bone or tissue into the area where gum disease has eaten away at your teeth, bones or gums. Surgery is saved as a last resort whenever possible, but it is an option.
While the best way to treat periodontal disease is to prevent it in the first place through great oral hygiene and regular trips to a Warrenton dentist like Dr. Harris, if you do develop gum disease, it can be reversed. If it's been a while since your last check-up and you are worried you might be at risk, call Dr. Harris and set up an appointment to discuss your treatment options today.