Periodontal Treatment Can Ensure Your Smile's Healthy Foundation
Prosthodontist Dr. Barry Bessler believes strongly that a healthy, beautiful smile begins with a solid foundation. In order to be eligible for any type of restoration, whether you need a dental crown or are interested in porcelain veneers, you first must have good periodontal health. Periodontal treatment refers to procedures designed to combat the effects of gum disease, ranging from mild to more advanced cases. Dr. Bessler serves patients in the Wellesley, MA, and Weston, MA, areas. If the team at Bessler & Kang, DMD Prosthodontists is unable to meet your needs on-site, we can refer you to a trusted local periodontist or another type of specialist.
Do I Need Periodontal Care?
Gum disease is a progressive condition. Often, its effects go completely unnoticed, which is just one reason why it is so important to attend regular dental check-ups. During each cleaning and exam, your hygienist will evaluate your gum health, noting the color, firmness, and general appearance of the soft tissue.
Common signs and symptoms of gingivitis (a mild form of gum disease) and periodontitis (a more advanced stage) include:
- Bleeding during flossing
- Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
- Increased dental sensitivity
- Tender gums and toothaches
- Visible gum recession
- Loose or shifting teeth
Left untreated, periodontal disease forms pockets in the soft tissue. The condition can damage the tissue that supports the teeth and even the bone beneath. Gum disease has also been linked to an increased risk for several serious health conditions, such as heart attack and stroke. Addressing gum disease in its earlier stages can minimize your risk of additional, related procedures including extractions and treatment to replace missing teeth.
Periodontal treatments range from conservative to more invasive. During a consultation, Dr. Bessler will discuss the current state of your gum health and the options available to you.
Scaling and Root Planing
Also known as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is the next line of defense if a regular professional cleaning cannot sufficiently restore your gum health. This non-surgical procedure consists of two steps:
- First, plaque and tartar will be removed from both above and below the gum line. This buildup can irritate soft tissue and left untreated, the harmful bacteria will continue to multiply.
- Next, a special instrument will be used to smooth rough areas on your dental roots. By reshaping areas that attract bacteria, planing minimizes your risk of reinfection.
Your practitioner may also apply an antimicrobial agent in combination with this procedure. Most patients undergo a deep cleaning spread out over two to four appointments.
Gum disease cannot be cured but its effects can be managed.
Surgical intervention is often necessary to adequately address the effects of gum disease. Once any diseased areas are removed, soft tissue grafts can be used to cover areas affected by recession. Common procedures include pocket reduction surgery and flap surgery, which uses the patient's own tissue to restore a healthy smile.
Preserve Your Oral Health
Gum disease cannot be cured but its effects can be managed. The sooner the condition is addressed, the greater chance you can have of halting its progression. Use our online form to contact the practice or call (508) 358-2336 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bessler and learn more about your treatment options.
“We consider it a privilege to have you as our patient. We will honor this privilege by providing you with prompt attention and high-quality, respectful care.” Dr. Barry Bessler