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Periodontal Treatment in Brandon

red haired woman smilingIn its early stages, gum disease shows very few symptoms.  You may not even notice reddened gums or a bad taste in your mouth.  These symptoms can quickly progress, eventually leading to advanced-stage gum disease, which is a chronic bacterial infection that causes gum and bone loss.  Regular dental visits and adjustments in home hygiene practices can arrest and reverse the earliest stages of gum disease.

It’s a known fact that periodontitis (gum disease) is the primary cause of adult tooth loss. The American Dental Association estimates that 75% of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that triggers our body’s immune system to create inflammatory cells that destroy the supporting bone around your teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.

In addition to the reducing your risk of tooth loss, your dental professionals are also concerned with the inflammatory aspect of periodontitis. For over a decade medical and dental professionals have been aware of the systemic risks associated with inflammation.  As early as 2001, the US Surgeon General as well as top research facilities began discovering plausible connections between oral infections and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary infections, diabetic conditions and pregnancy complications.  These include:

Because gum disease causes an auto-immune response and chronic inflammation, it can trigger secondary illnesses in patients with compromised oral health.  The mouth is truly a window to your overall health!

Benefits of Gum Disease Treatment

Wehrkamp Dentistry’s mission is to treat not only your mouth, but improve your overall health. Our goal is to diagnose periodontal infections early and use the latest technology to treat and control this chronic disease process.  Our state of the art laser-assisted periodontal therapy has evolved past traditional scaling and root planning that simply focused on removing the bacterial and tarter from the tooth.  The latest research shows that the most aggressive oral bacterial can actually become embedded in the gum tissue and enter the blood stream. This is where our approach to treating the disease set us apart.

If periodontal disease is diagnosed early, non-surgical therapy may be the only treatment necessary. The treatment involves the removal of plaque and calculus from the root structure and the use of lasers to decontaminate the gum tissue. This therapy is performed over a series of appointments for maximum effectiveness. The goal of the initial treatment is to reduce the depth of the pockets around affected teeth and control the bacteria and inflammation associated with periodontal disease. Many patients comment on the gentle nature of laser therapy and notice a faster healing process. While surgery may still be indicated for severely advanced periodontal cases, laser therapy is a more conservative, effective and comfortable option for beginning to moderate periodontal cases.

Scaling and Root Planning

This is a procedure that removes tooth adherent plaque and calculus from below the gum line while smoothing the surface of the roots.

Laser Decontamination

This is a unique adjunct that we administer to all of our periodontal patients. Lasers allow us to use very safe light energy to decontaminate the bacteria that become embedded within the gum tissue.

Bacterial Assessment

For more advanced cases antibiotic therapy might be recommended. In order to identify the specific bacteria associated with your periodontal infection and prescribe the proper antibiotic, a bacterial assessment might be ordered by your dental professional. Wehrkamp Dentistry uses revolutionary salivary diagnostic testing by Oral DNA Labs to provide the detailed information necessary to customize your treatment needs.


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