Periodontal Disease Treatment in Orlando, FL
At NuLife Dental, it is our goal to help patients achieve beautiful smiles and optimal oral health for life, and the foundation for every healthy smile depends on healthy gums. If periodontal disease develops, it is imperative to have a caring and skilled dentist by your side who concentrates on optimal outcomes and has all the latest technologies on hand in a state-of-the-art dental office.
Periodontal Disease Overview
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, moderate periodontitis among adults in the United States may be as high as 30 percent. It is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the country. As patients age, their risk of developing periodontal disease increases. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and systemic infections. Periodontal disease, in fact, is an ongoing oral infection.
The most common causes of periodontal disease include:
- Poor brushing or flossing habits
- Lack of dental care, including dental cleanings
- Tobacco Use
- Poor diet
- Certain medications
- Dry mouth
Diagnosing Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis is the mild stage of periodontal disease. In this stage, periodontal disease is reversible. At first, few symptoms may be present. As periodontal disease worsens, however, you may notice some of the following signs:
- Bleeding, tender gums, tarter buildup
- Gum recession, shifting of teeth
- Red, irritated, and swollen gums
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
If you have symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease, Dr. Hoover will utilize all the latest technologies and protocols to diagnose this issue or rule it out.
Technologies and protocols that may be used include:
- Periodontal probing
- Digital x-rays give us digitally produced pictures of your teeth and mouth
- 3-D Cone Beam therapy to provide us with a three-dimensional image of your teeth, gums, and jawbone
- Intraoral cameras to share personalized oral-health pictures with you
- Panoramic x-rays to provide Dr. Hoover with a flat image of your teeth, gums, and jawbone as opposed to a curved image to help see your periodontal disease course
Periodontal Disease Treatments
The foundation of our treatment plans usually begins with a thorough oral health assessment in our Orlando, FL dental office.
Following your assessment, we start scheduling a customized treatment protocol going forward.
Periodontal treatments sometimes include scaling and root planing (SRP). SRP removes tartar, plaque, and bacteria from teeth and just below the gumline to help gums reattach to the tooth structure, eliminating the pocketing that collects bacteria. Oral or topical antibiotics can assist with healing. Our water filtration system called Sterisil® ensures each rinse with our water system is bacteria free.
At NuLife Dental, our compassionate team will keep you relaxed and comfortable during all periodontal treatments. We offer nitrous oxide and other sedation choices for patients who have dental anxiety or who feel a bit nervous about their procedure. Pillows, headphones, and a music selection will help you feel relaxed while our team cares for you.
Contact NuLife Dental Today
If you’re experiencing gingivitis or periodontal disease symptoms, contact our Orlando, FL dental office today. Dr. Kenya Hoover and our team are dedicated to helping you achieve a winning and healthy smile.