Ensuring the health of your gums and the underlying bone structure of your mouth is every bit as important as keeping your teeth clean and white. The number one cause of tooth loss among adults is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a serious bacterial infection that destroys the periodontal ligaments and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. If you plan to keep your teeth into your later years, you need to make sure you take care of your gums now.
Daily flossing will go a long way toward keeping your gums healthy and preventing deterioration of your teeth’s support structures, but gum disease can still creep up on you. Keep an eye out for symptoms like gums that are bleeding, red, swollen, or sore. Periodontal disease can be hard to recognize, though, because there is often no significant pain or other obvious sign of a problem. Left untreated, these diseases can lead to tooth loss or other medical conditions like cardiovascular problems and complications for diabetics and pregnant women. If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or you have not had an oral exam in longer than six months, contact Dental Partners of Boston. Patients throughout the Boston area rely on Dental Partners of Boston and our highly trained periodontists to deliver top periodontal care, promoting the health of your mouth and teeth for years to come.
Scaling and root planing, also called a deep cleaning, is a set of non-surgical procedures in which the Dental Partners of Boston periodontal team remove the plaque and tartar from below your gum line. The tooth root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments.
Another non-surgical periodontal procedure called LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a periodontal treatment using lasers. To learn more about our non-surgical periodontal services, contact our office today.