Periodontal Therapy Jacksonville And Live Oak Florida Dentists

Unfortunately, advanced forms of gum disease can’t be reversed but the condition can be routinely managed by our Jacksonville and Live Oak, FL, dentists so it doesn’t progress further. A primary treatment used as part of periodontal therapy is scaling and root planing which is essentially a deep cleaning above, around, and below the gum line to remove plaque and bacteria.

Keep reading to learn more about all that periodontal therapy entails.

What Is Periodontal Therapy?

Summed up, periodontal therapy describes a non-surgical approach to treating gum disease and keeping the condition under control. The main goal is that the health of your gums be restored and no further tooth loss occurs. If you already have missing teeth as a result of infection, our dentists can discuss options, like dental implants, with you.

One of the prominent procedures included in many patients’ treatment plans, as mentioned above, is scaling and root planing. The first stage, scaling, involves working below the gum line to eliminate plaque and tartar from pockets that have formed as a result of your gums receding from your teeth. Handheld tools and ultrasonic cleaners are used in this portion of the procedure though local anesthesia is administered before beginning.

Next, it’s time for root planing. This step means smoothing out rough spots on each affected tooth root. Not only does root planing remove bacteria but it provides the gums with a clean surface for reattachment. Both scaling and root planing combine to encourage gum recovery and may take multiple visits to complete depending on your situation.

Note → Certain medications like antibiotic gels or antimicrobial mouth rinses may also be used to target gum disease. Our dentists will discuss this step further with you so you’re aware of what you’re being prescribed.

Signs You May Need Periodontal Therapy

There are a few key symptoms that if experienced, may indicate you’re past the initial gingivitis stage and require more in-depth attention. Remember, more severe gum disease can still be managed and a healthier smile can be achieved so it’s important to not lose hope.

You may need to ask our dentists about treatment if you have:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, red, and tender gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Pain while chewing food
  • Loose or recently sensitive teeth
  • Gum recession

Rise Above Your Gum Disease

Gum restoration takes patience and continued treatment but it is possible with help from our dentists in Jacksonville and Live Oak, FL. Call one of our Higgins & White Dentistry locations today to request an appointment.

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