The types of treatments we offer in Preventive and Periodontal Gum disease are listed below.
Preventive Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings are a great way to be preventative of many types of dental disease, including gum disease and decay. Routinely performed once every six months, this consists of radiographs, examination by the doctor, and an extensive cleaning procedure with a polish and floss done by the doctor or hygienist.
Radiographs are routinely taken with the highest quality and lowest radiation digital system. The radiation in dental radiographs are less than one day of natural background radiation.
Radiographs are a digital image on a computer to facilitate education for the patient and understanding of the diagnosis. Radiographs are taken to diagnose dental decay, gum diseases, infections, or any pain/sensitivity
Typically, every 3-5 years a panoramic radiograph will be taken and every year four bitewing radiographs. More radiographs may be necessary when needed as determined by the doctor.
Types include bitewings, periapicals, full-mouth series, Cone beam computerized technology (CBCT) and panoramic.
Periodontal Gum Treatment
A periodontal or “gum” evaluation is performed at each examination to assess each patients risk for gum disease. Gum disease is diagnosed based upon certain factors, such as, tissue inflammation or bleeding, bone loss, loose teeth, tartar accumulation, and/or certain health factors such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems and even linked dementia and pre term low birth weight babies. If present, the dentist or hygienist doing the exam will diagnose the disease as a category of severity and identify the treatment. Most often a “deep” cleaning, more formally known as scaling and root planning, is necessary. A deep cleaning targets under the gums and is a longer, more extensive cleaning procedure to get rid of the disease. Continual maintenance is key to the management of the disease, so regular (every 3-6 months) periodontal maintenance is required.