Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment

Dentists Serving Patients in Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton & Nearby Areas of Florida

As part of your hygiene appointment, you will be evaluated for periodontal disease (gum disease). The Smile Centre offers several treatment options for periodontal disease.

The funny thing about gum disease is that you don’t feel pain with it… until it’s very advanced.  And unless educated by your dental team about it, most people don’t know exactly what it is or how to know if they have it.

Again, xrays showing calcified tartar on the teeth and jaw bone loss along with periodontal pocket measurements of 4+ mm help to objectively evaluate and document that more extensive hygiene/periodontal procedures are required to help “clean” and remove calculus (a.k.a. hardened plaque/tartar), infection and infected tissues “below the gum line.” 

These general dentistry hygiene visits, with technical names such as full mouth debridement, periodontal scaling and root planing and periodontal maintenance, are now required in order to improve and slow the infection process as much as possible.  Additionally, some antibiotics, such as Arestin® and prescription oral rinses may be applied or recommended by your hygienist to more successfully treat your gum disease. 

A quality high-tech fluoride application, like Varnish®, is another important part of helping to remineralize your newly treated teeth and roots to help their surfaces stay smooth and hardened in an effort to prevent plaque and bacteria from collecting on these exposed surfaces again.

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition, which means that it never completely goes away.  So periodontal therapy visits are required more frequently in order to keep the infection at bay.  Our Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice dentists recommend periodontal maintenance visits every 3 months once the initial therapy visits of all areas of the mouth are performed and re-evaluated. 

The completion of the initial therapy visits can take anywhere from 1-6 visits over as short a time period as possible depending on the severity of your gum disease.  Periodontal therapy, treating as much of the mouth as possible at one time, or in as short a period of time as possible, is recommended and more advantageous as the biofilm, or network of bacteria in the mouth and below the gums, reforms quickly and can re-infect recently treated areas.

If you suffer from gum disease, or would like to have your oral health evaluated, contact our Venice, Sarasota, and Bradenton dentist office today for a consultation.