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When Is Periodontal Treatment Necessary?
Periodontal disease is a potentially severe oral condition that, if untreated, could cause infections and eventually tooth loss. With periodontal treatments like scaling and root planing, the dentist can stop and reverse the effects of the disease. This article focuses on the conditions where someone might need to undergo periodontal treatment.
The need for periodontal treatment
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, which could eventually damage the soft tissues and bone surrounding and supporting the teeth. The condition often results in loose teeth and potential tooth loss. The condition is generally preventable, despite its prevalence. Gum disease is primarily caused by poor oral hygiene, which means adopting good oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing, as well as visiting the dentist regularly, can help to reduce the risk of developing the disease and even improve the chances of successful periodontal treatment.
The dentist will examine the patient to know if they have gum disease and determine the severity of the disease. The dentist may also consider the patient’s medical history to discover any factor that may be contributing to the condition and check for the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth. After completing the examination, they may recommend dental x-rays to assess bone loss in the jaw, especially in parts where the dentist may have noticed deeper periodontal pocket depths. The following discoveries in the oral cavity often necessitate periodontal treatment:
Localized gum recession
Usually, progressing gum disease starts in one part of the mouth. If gum recession has started in one area, treatment is required immediately to prevent the disease from spreading to other parts. Gum recession may also be caused by hard brushing or tooth grinding (bruxism). Regardless of the cause, the condition needs to be examined and treated immediately with periodontal treatment to prevent it from worsening.
Advancing gum disease
Gingivitis is the mild form of gum disease and affects millions of people around the world. However, if gingivitis worsens to moderate or advanced periodontitis, then undergoing periodontal treatment promptly is important. The treatment may include a deep cleaning appointment with the dentist or dental hygienist with follow-up daily dental care. The dentist will recommend the most appropriate treatment based on the stage of the disease.
At the advanced stage of gum disease, the teeth may loosen and bone loss may occur. The severity of bone loss can be seen in an X-ray scan. This is a serious case and treatment must occur promptly to prevent further loss of bone and teeth. The dentist may suggest a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and planing. They may also suggest tooth removal for severely infected teeth and extensive infection control measures to prevent the disease from worsening. At this stage, the dentist’s instructions are important to save the teeth.
Regular appointments with the dentist for checkups and cleaning procedures are probably the most effective way to prevent periodontal disease. However, if you are experiencing some of the symptoms of the disease, you should visit the dentist as soon as possible for periodontal treatment.
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