For good oral health, you need to consider more than just your teeth; your gums and bones support your teeth and play an important role in your overall health. Periodontal care focuses on maintaining the health of your gums. The goal is to prevent or eradicate infections in the gums, protect the roots of the teeth, and control inflammation. The periodontal team at Dental Partners of Boston is well equipped to provide world class gum disease treatments and other periodontal care to ensure that your gums and bones are healthy.
Many people are living with gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, and are not aware of it. The first signs of gum disease are red, swollen, and bleeding gums. As the infection progresses and gets deeper into your gums, you may also experience chronic bad breath, receding gums, tooth sensitivity, increasing pain while chewing, and loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to the loss of bone and eventually tooth loss. Gum disease can also affect your overall health, contributing to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory issues, and other serious illnesses.
Thanks to the advanced gum treatments our periodontists offer, Dental Partners of Boston can help you control and even reverse the effects of periodontal disease. In early stages, gum disease treatment may be fairly simple. In later stages, treatments become more involved. Here are some of the periodontal treatments we offer at Dental Partners of Boston:
During your first appointment, one of our specialists will thoroughly evaluate the condition of your periodontal health by testing the depth of the "pockets" in your gums and checking for any bone loss or other potential complications. After the examination, we will work with you to implement the ideal treatments to eliminate bacteria and promote tissue regeneration.
Once we identify a problem, it is critical to begin proper treatment of your gums quickly, so as to avoid any further damage from the infection. The sooner we take action to eradicate the bacteria, the easier the treatment process will be. Mild cases can usually be controlled with a deep cleaning below the gum line called scaling and root planing. Where significant tissue loss has occurred, soft tissue grafts and bone grafts may be needed to maintain support of your teeth. Some patients will be candidates for the laser gum treatment called LANAP, a non-surgical approach to treating advanced cases of gum disease. In cases where teeth have been lost or need to be extracted, we can replace them with functional and attractive dental implants.
Our periodontal team's dedication to extraordinary patient care and comfort ensures high quality results with a gentle touch. No matter how advanced your periodontal disease may be, we can help protect your oral health. In most cases we will be able to help you preserve your natural teeth for years to come. Contact us today to find out more about how periodontal services at Dental Partners of Boston can help you enjoy better oral and overall health.
Sergio A. Guzman