Gum Disease Treatment - Falmouth, MA
Save Your Smile and Health with Specialized Gum Disease Care
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Gum Disease Impacts Oral and Systemic Health
Impacting nearly 75 percent of patients, gum disease is a serious health concern that affects the smile, oral health and even general well-being. Gum disease is the result of toxins produced by harmful oral bacteria that reside beneath the gum line. These toxins lead the body to destroy bone and gum tissues that support the teeth and continue to cause damage until the disease process is arrested. Without proper and timely care, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, more extensive treatment and a host of systemic health concerns.
Recent scientific evidence reveals a link between gum disease and other general health problems. These systemic conditions include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, dementia and pregnancy complications, among others. At Advanced Dental Care of Falmouth, our board certified periodontist and team are committed to helping patients prevent the spread of gum disease and save their oral and general health from the destructive effects of this progressive disease. We perform routine gum disease screenings to identify signs and symptoms and effective treatment to stop the infection as early as possible.
The Stages Of Gum Disease
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Know the Warning Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum Disease Treatments from Our Specialty Team
Gum disease will not resolve on its own but can be treated and maintained with specialized care from our periodontal team. If you have signs or symptoms of gum disease, please contact us for an evaluation right away. Our periodontist will review your condition and recommend the gum disease treatment ideal for your needs. We offer non-surgical, surgical and laser approaches to stop the gum disease process and save your health and smile.
Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)
SRP is a non-surgical gum disease treatment we use to treat the periodontitis stage of gum disease. Using special scaling and ultrasonic instruments, we gently and thoroughly remove plaque, bacterial and tartar deposits from tooth surfaces beneath the gum line. SRP treatment reduces periodontal pocket depths by encouraging reattachment of gum tissues to tooth structures.
We use osseous (flap) surgery to treat more advanced cases of periodontitis. To perform this gum disease treatment, we first numb areas of infection and gently retract the gum tissue to reveal the tooth roots and bone. We then remove infected tissue, remove tartar buildup from root surfaces and smooth the bone of any irregularities caused by bacteria. Sutures are placed to encourage healing and post-op instructions are given.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
As an alternative to surgery, we offer minimally invasive laser periodontal therapy to treat moderate to advanced stages of gum disease. Our team uses soft tissue lasers to eradicate bacteria and vaporize diseased tissue deep below the gum line. Laser treatment does not require incisions or sutures, resulting in less bleeding and faster healing.
Once gum disease has been diagnosed and treated, regular biannual cleanings are no longer enough to manage and maintain your oral health. Periodontal maintenance is a program that helps keep harmful bacteria at bay and consists of visits with our team scheduled at three-month intervals. These appointments include thorough cleanings, exams, periodontal measurements and x-rays (as needed), and replace biannual “prophy” cleanings.
Keep gum disease from impacting your health and smile with advanced specialty care.
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