periodontal therapy Omana Orthodontics dentist in Salt Lake City and South Jordan Utah Dr. H.M. Omana, DDS, MSGum disease is one of the most common dental issues in the United States today, affecting at least half of the population. Despite this, many people concentrate on the cleanliness and health of their teeth, ignoring the part of the mouth that is first impacted by this chronic ailment – the gums. Do your gums bleed after brushing? You might be suffering from gum disease. Periodontal therapy in our Salt Lake City, UT, dentist office can help you reverse the symptoms of gingivitis!

 

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a form of gum disease characterized by severe inflammation of the gums, which manifests as red, bleeding, or swollen gums. Periodontitis, if left untreated, can result in tooth loss. You may require special deep cleaning and, in severe cases, surgery. However, Dr. Omana can help reduce the risk of health problems by using periodontal therapy.

 

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, gingivitis, and periodontitis are all terms for the invasion of bacteria-laden plaque into the gums. Bacteria may cling to your teeth if you do not brush and floss properly. Bacteria builds up over time and hardens into plaque, which causes irritation when it passes below the gum line.

Gum disease is linked to the development of chronic health conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. The sooner we detect periodontal disease, the sooner treatment can begin, increasing your chances of completely eradicating the condition before it causes permanent damage to your smile and your overall health.

 

What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

In people under the age of 30, periodontitis is relatively uncommon. Even so, it can impact anyone who has poor dental hygiene, such as individuals who don’t brush and floss regularly. On the other hand, periodontitis is more prone to develop as you become older due to the effects of years of inadequate dental hygiene. Before you get periodontitis, you’ll develop gingivitis, a less severe form of gum disease. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Bleeding when brushing
  • Red, swollen, sore gums
  • Receding gums
  • Infections
  • Abscesses
  • Sensitivity
  • Extreme pain
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Pain when chewing
  • Change in your bite

 

Periodontal Therapy in Salt Lake City

To begin with, having healthy gums contributes to your overall well-being. Getting rid of harmful bacteria in your mouth can help you avoid bone loss, gum disease, and heart disease, all of which are linked to oral bacteria. Periodontal therapy is a non-surgical or preventative gum disease treatment. Its goal is to stop periodontal disease from progressing to where surgery is required. Finally, it aids in the restoration of optimal gum health, which helps to prevent tooth loss. In most cases, Dr. Omana can diagnose periodontitis through an in-depth physical examination. 

 

Scaling and Root Planing

A cleaning called “scaling and root planing” is the first line of defense against gum disease. These deep-cleaning methods are the most effective way to combat gum disease. Using hand scalers and ultrasonic devices, we remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from beneath the gum tissues.

 

Crown Lengthening

The most common surgical treatment for periodontal disease is crown lengthening. Patients might anticipate their Dr. Omana to reshape the gum line by removing infected tissue and reshaping it. Because this procedure exposes more of the tooth, we frequently recommend it as a cosmetic therapy for patients with unusually ‘gummy’ grins.

 

Medications

In some circumstances, Dr. Omana may also prescribe antibiotic gels as part of the treatment. These drugs aid in the reduction of bacterial levels in the mouth. They can also assist in relieving sore gums, which causes periodontal pockets to diminish. He will apply the gel after scaling and planing if it helps with your treatment. He will place this in the areas between the treatment pockets. Dr. Omana may also advise you to use an antibacterial mouth rinse at home. They contain an active component that fights bacteria like medicated rinses. They can help prevent further bacterial infections, especially in gums that have just been treated.

 

Periodontal Therapy and Orthodontics

Periodontics and braces, consequently, have a complicated relationship. On the one hand, you shouldn’t have braces if you have or are developing periodontitis, yet braces can help prevent periodontitis by correcting the bite and straightening the teeth. To safely move your teeth with braces, you’re going to need healthy and stable gums. That is why we recommend you care for gum disease before you get orthodontics.

If you see the first signs of gum disease, contact Dr. Omana right away. Gum disease can be painful, and tooth loss is a risk if not detected and treated early. However, the greatest strategy to combat gum disease is to prevent it. Your smile will be happy and healthy if you establish a regular oral health routine that includes professional dental treatment. Make an appointment with Omana Orthodontics in our Salt Lake City or South Jordan locations immediately to prevent gum disease.