Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida
Your teeth are not the only aspect of your oral health that PGA Smiles believes is important. Healthy gums are also vital to your oral health and your health overall. Caring for your gums should be part of your normal routine. Periodontics focuses on the soft tissue in your mouth, specifically the gums. If a patient experiences gum issues, we have treatments that can help get you back on track to a healthy smile.
When routine dental hygiene habits are ignored, patients may develop periodontal (gum) disease. The first stage of this disease is known as gingivitis, which presents symptoms of red, swollen gums that tend to bleed. When gingivitis is left untreated, periodontal disease begins to settle in, which leads to loose teeth, sensitivity, swollen gums, bone loss, and even tooth loss. Also, patients with periodontal disease typically exhibit halitosis (bad breath). Although preventive measures are ideal, here at PGA Smiles we offer treatment to help stop the progression of your periodontal disease.
A scaling and root planing procedure is protocol treatment for a patient suffering from periodontal disease. This treatment is essentially a deep clean of your teeth, including under the gum area where plaque-causing bacteria tend to hide. As a supplement to this deep clean, we offer Arestin, which is antibiotic that is applied to your gums after your cleaning. Since periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of bad bacteria, Arestin works to kill these bacteria, stopping the progression of your periodontal disease. Arestin contains special microspheres of antibiotics that are slowly released over time. This, in combination with a scaling and root planing procedure, allows your gums to heal from the gum disease.
Following your periodontal treatment, it is important to maintain healthy oral hygiene habits at home to truly stop the progression of periodontal disease. Regular brushing and flossing, as well as routine dental cleanings and checkups, will help your treatment be most effective at fighting against periodontal disease.
To schedule your next visit, contact PGA Smiles today! We welcome patients of Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida.