Maryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN
If you have gum disease and it has reached its advanced stage, known as periodontitis, then there has been permanent damage done to your oral health. Stop gum disease in its tracks by receiving a course of repetitive therapy from your local Maryville dentist at Cedar Street Family Dentistry.
Gum disease and its consequences
If you have gum disease, then the tissue of your gums and jawbone have become infected from harmful bacteria in the mouth, which lead to plaque buildup. The initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Patients with gingivitis experience gums that become red, puffy, sore, and bleed easily. If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible to receive treatment because, if gum disease is treated in this stage, then any damage done to your teeth and mouth may be able to be reversed.
Once gum disease advances into periodontitis, pockets form between the bottom of your teeth and the gum line as the gum pulls away from your teeth. These pockets cannot be cleaned through normal brushing and flossing. Only professional treatment from an experienced dentist can clean the pockets, allowing them to heal. Otherwise, the pockets increase in size and the bacteria inside them spread, worsening the gum disease.
How repetitive therapy treats gum disease
Repetitive therapy refers to treating your gum disease consistently over the course of months by using scaling and root planing. Used together, these two treatments clean the mouth much more thoroughly than the routine dental cleanings you receive every six months from your Knoxville dentist.
Scaling is a process that scrapes away all plaque and tartar from your teeth, both above and below the gum line.
Root planing smooths the roots of the affected teeth. This removes any rough spots, at which bacteria can accumulate again after your teeth are cleaned, thus starting the entire cycle of gum disease all over again.
Once a course of repetitive therapy begins, follow-up visits typically take place at three- to four-month intervals.
What can I expect from undergoing repetitive therapy?
Repetitive therapy causes little to no discomfort for a patient because a local anesthetic is given before each procedure begins.
Typically, a round of repetitive therapy takes place over the course of multiple appointments—with one side of the mouth worked on during each appointment. This prevents you from having your entire mouth numb all at once.
After undergoing repetitive therapy, patients usually report that their gums are less tender and feel better. If you have receding gums as a result of gum disease, the root planing procedure makes it easier for your gums to reattach to the teeth because the surfaces of the tooth roots now are clean and smooth.
Follow-up appointments for subsequent courses of repetitive therapy, which might be referred to as maintenance visits, are determined on a case-by-case basis, with influencing factors including:
- Your periodontal condition, and the type of gum disease you currently have
- What previous periodontal treatments, if any, you have had
- Your response to gum disease treatment
- How quickly plaque grows inside your mouth
Follow-up maintenance visits help protect your future periodontal health and prevent future outbreaks of gum disease. It also may take multiple rounds of repetitive therapy to remove all the plaque, bacteria and tartar from your teeth and gums—depending on how far your case of gum disease has advanced, and how well you comply with your at-home oral hygiene regimen.
How can I protect myself against gum disease?
While there can be other causes of gum disease, the most common reason for the disease is an accumulation of bacteria and plaque due to poor oral hygiene. Maintain a diligent regimen of daily brushing and flossing, and visiting your dentist in Knoxville once every six months for a check-up and professional dental cleaning.
Repetitive Therapy in Maryville
If you or someone you love does become affected by gum disease then professional treatment is the only way to resolve this problem. Make an appointment today by calling the Maryville office of Cedar Street Family Dentistry at (865) 233-7640.
Cedar Street Family Dentistry is now open to serve the dental needs of clients in the areas of Maryville, Alcoa, and Knoxville in East Tennessee.