Periodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease as well as the process of replacing teeth with dental implants. Periodontal therapy treats oral inflammation and any condition requiring either non-surgical treatment or oral plastic surgery.
UNDERSTANDING PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Dr. Rowe is a firm believer that periodontal disease is a systemic disease, meaning that it affects the entire body. He treats periodontal disease as such, and his approach to treatment is focused on addressing the underlying causes of the disease, not just the symptoms.
Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria can lead to inflammation and infection, which can damage the gums and bones that support the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.
However, periodontal disease is not just a dental problem. It has been linked to a number of other health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pneumonia. This is because the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body.
Dr. Rowe believes that it is important to treat periodontal disease not only to save teeth but also to improve overall health. He offers a variety of treatment options for periodontal disease, including:
- Deep cleaning
- Root planing
Dr. Rowe also offers a number of preventive measures to help patients avoid periodontal disease, including:
- Brushing and flossing regularly
- Seeing a dentist for regular checkups and cleanings
- Quitting smoking
If you are concerned about periodontal disease, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Rowe. He will be happy to evaluate your condition and discuss your treatment options.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are a more in-depth, thorough cleaning treatment recommended for patients who may be suffering from periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this type of gum infection is caused by bacteria and plaque forming on your teeth over time and causing inflammation. While serious, periodontal disease is treatable. However, it can lead to bone or tooth loss if not treated quickly.
For patients who believe that their smile is too “gummy” or that their teeth are too short, we are proud to offer crown lengthening services to fix those concerns. Crown lengthening procedures are done to expose more of the tooth and remove extra gum tissue. By doing this, we can reshape your gums and help give your teeth the look and shape you desire. In addition to the life-changing results, crown lengthening is a minimally-invasive procedure that will allow for a more balanced, even smile.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease is a serious issue that affects many people’s lives. Luckily our experienced dentist is capable of treating periodontal disease in our patients, a field in which he has rigorous training and education.
Ensuring your dental hygiene habits are up to par is critical in treating periodontal disease. The cleaning of calculus, or tartar, is a major component of treating periodontal disease. However, changes in the patient’s behavior are just as important.
If you have periodontal disease, don’t feel hopeless. It is a treatable disease that requires the patient to be aware and active with their dental care. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, so it is critical to properly care for them.