Routine Oral Hygiene (Cleaning)
Periodontal Disease: (Gum therapy)
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and loss of bone surrounding the teeth. It’s the Number One cause of adult tooth loss. Most people are not aware that they have periodontal disease since they are rarely painful in their early stages.
Main cause for periodontal disease is plaque- a sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth if not removed daily. If ignored, calculus/tartar will form and they harbor toxins that can increase tissue inflammation and promote your body defense system to destroy your gum tissue and the bone surrounding your tooth. When this happens professional care is needed beyond regular brushing and flossing.
To fight periodontal disease, we need to reduce plaque, tartar, and the number of bacteria in the pockets in your mouth. Depending on the extent of your periodontal disease in order to keep you comfortable, we may give you local anesthetic before the procedure begins. We use a combination of small scaling instrument and/or an ultrasonic sealer to carefully and meticulously remove plaque and tartar from the top of your tooth all the way down to the bottom of the pocket.
If necessary, an antibiotic or alternative medication may be placed in the gum pocket
after the tooth has been thorough cleaned to control infection and promote healing. Oral antibiotics might also be prescribed to further combat the infection. Once the source of infection has been removed, your gums will begin to heal, and will once again tighten around your teeth. It’s important that homecare (brushing and flossing) is done daily for the continue health of your gums.
Sealants are a preventive procedure done to help prevent development of future cavities in children and adults with permanent teeth. Primarily placed on back permanent teeth where the deep and narrow pits and grooves are difficult to clean. A sealant is a thin white acrylic layer that is painted over the pits and grooves to create a smooth and flat tooth surface preventing and minimizing decay.
A nightguard is a customize mouth appliance that is worn generally at night for patient who have bruxing/grinding habits. Similar to an athletic mouthguard only thinner.