Bacteria and dental plaque cause periodontal diseases. They affect your gums and related structures. Often starting as an infection of gums (gingivitis), the diseases progress to involve alveolar bone and periodontal ligaments. If not treated on time, they can make you vulnerable to several life-threatening health issues, such as diabetes, stroke, respiratory diseases, and heart diseases. If you are experiencing symptoms like swollen or bleeding gums, pain in chewing, or persistent bad breath, you can visit us for periodontal treatment.
Symptoms of Periodontal Diseases
- Persistent bad breath
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding from gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sudden sensitivity in teeth
- Gum recession
Phases of Periodontal Treatment
Phase 1: The Etiological Phase
In this phase, we focus on controlling the bacterial infection and restoring the healthy microbial balance. We perform a deep oral examination to diagnose the cause of the disease. We also perform scaling and root planing procedures to remove the plaque and calculus from your teeth and gum line and educate you about oral hygiene and home care. We might also prescribe some medicines.
Phase II: The Surgical Phase
If conservative treatment fails to show the desired effects and the infection is severe, we move on to the surgical phase. In this phase, we treat the bone defects to remove the space between your teeth and the bone, eliminating the space for bacterial invasion. We perform the surgery under anesthesia. You can resume your work after a day.
Phase III: The Maintenance Phase
As the name signifies, this phase focuses on maintaining periodontal health. In this phase, we adopt measures to prevent the recurrence of periodontal diseases, as the recurrence rate of periodontal diseases is high. We give you a detailed account of the oral hygiene practices you must follow to maintain the optimum health of your gums and overall oral cavity. We advise you to brush and floss your teeth regularly and use a medicated mouthwash to kill the remaining bacteria in your mouth. We call you for a follow-up after three months to ensure that your oral health is fine.
Phase IV: The Restorative Phase
Not every periodontal patient enters the restorative phase. You enter this phase only if you have had extensive surgery. In this phase, we plan implants or prosthetics to replace the missing teeth or large chunks or tissue or bone removed during the surgery. We might prescribe orthodontic treatment for teeth alignment.
Please reach out to Mt. Pleasant Family Dental in Mt Pleasant, TX, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. O. Please call us at (903) 345-6065 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.