Periodontal Treatment in Columbia
At Workman Family Dental, many of the problems we treat, like tooth decay, tooth erosion, and root canal infection, are obvious because they directly impact the health or appearance of your teeth. However, gum disease is not so obvious and can actually damage your healthy teeth before you even know it exists.
Your gums play an essential role in your oral health – they hold your teeth in place. If the health of your gums suffers, so will the health of your teeth.
Without treatment, gum disease progresses and tooth loss becomes a serious risk.
How Gum Disease Leads to Tooth Loss
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection that occurs when bacteria build up between the teeth and the gum tissue. Common symptoms include redness, inflammation, bleeding gums, and pain.
It is a progressive condition, and the effect it has on your teeth will worsen as the disease advances. As gum disease progresses, your gums will begin to recede and pull away from your teeth, leaving “pockets” of space. Without proper support of healthy gums, the teeth become unstable. If gum disease isn’t treated right away, it will eventually lead to tooth loss.
Preventive Professional Cleanings Are the Key
The best way to treat gum disease is to stop it before it starts. This is one reason why Dr. Steven Workman and our team stress the importance of proper oral hygiene and exams and cleanings twice a year.
No matter how well you brush and floss, your mouth still contains millions of bacteria. Not all of these bacteria are harmful, but those that accumulate on your teeth form a sticky substance called plaque. Over time, plaque hardens into a substance called tartar. Even if you could reach all the places where tartar can hide, you could not remove it on your own. Only a dentist or hygienist can remove it using professional instruments.
Deep Cleanings for a Healthy Smile
If our hygienist finds signs of advanced gum disease, she will recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This treatment is used to remove tartar and bacteria that have accumulated in the periodontal pockets. Our hygienist will gently clean away the calcified tartar and debris that has accumulated, then smooth the surfaces of your teeth.
At Workman Family Dental, we use dental lasers in conjunction with the deep cleaning treatment to remove harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from the periodontal pocket. State-of-the-art dental lasers make your treatment more comfortable and promote the regrowth of healthy gum tissue.
Protect Your Healthy Teeth
If it’s been a while since your last cleaning, we strongly suggest that you call our Columbia dental office for an appointment. We’ll perform an examination and make appropriate recommendations to keep your teeth healthy and strong.