Periodontal Treatment in Canton, OH
Periodontal disease, or periodontitis, is an infection around a tooth. What surrounds teeth? The answer is gum and bone. These structures are important because they’re the ones holding teeth in place. A person who has an infection of their gums and jawbone are very likely to end up losing teeth along with having whole body systemic issues.
At Danner Dental in Canton, OH, we know how dangerous periodontal disease can be. That’s why we place great emphasis on treating it in its earliest stages. Not only will this prevent tooth loss, but it also makes treatment simpler.
People come to us with periodontitis in various stages. Some just notice mild pain or swelling in their gums while others have loose teeth. Some people have no pain; however, their gums may bleed. The presentation varies from person to person. The first thing we do when a patient walks in is review the medical history. This includes what they’re complaining of and how long it’s been going on.
Next, we’ll proceed to the examination. We check for infection as well as build-up of plaque and tartar. We will also measure what is known as pocket depth. This is the groove between your teeth and gums. It’s usually 1-3mm but measurements of over 4mm are indicative of periodontitis.
An x-ray of the jaw and teeth will be required, as this helps us assess bone condition. The type of x-rays at Danner Dental are low dose, digital format, and do not require any type of sensor or film placement within the mouth. (CBCT)
Treating Periodontitis and Regenerating Lost Bone
The treatment of periodontitis can be divided into nonsurgical and surgical.
Nonsurgical treatment includes cleaning under the gumline (the periodontal pocket) and use of a special DEKA laser to promote health in the tissue. This special type of fractional CO2 laser can actually regenerate bone that was lost to the infection.
Surgery is done in severe cases to restore damaged and lost bones and gum tissue, and may include the use of EMDOGAIN.
Medical-grade custom fitted appliances may also be presented to place and hold medication in the diseased periodontal pocket on a daily basis at home.
Before considering surgery for gum or periodontal disease, consider the non-invasive Perio Trays by Perio Protect.
Another option to control the disease process is an evaluation of the bacteria present by the use of My Perio Path saliva test from Oral DNA Lab. By using the data from the saliva test, a specific antibiotic regimen will be recommended. See if you are at risk for periodontal disease by clicking here.
After years of successful outcomes, our skilled professionals are ready to provide you with the treatment you need for excellent dental health.