A routine dental exam performed at our Old Greenwich dentist practice, involves checking for problems that range from cavities and gum disease, to tooth root decay and bite problems. If it’s been more than a year since you’ve seen a dentist, a complete set of X-rays will be taken as well as an oral cancer screening. A dental cleaning, or dental prophylaxis, will be done to remove plaque and any tartar buildup. A thorough cleaning is also done for a preventive measure, predominantly on the surface of your teeth.
If your dental exam shows periodontal disease, know that you are not the only one, and our focus will now be on your treatment. As soon as you are diagnosed, how you take care of your teeth every day is what will determine whether your gum disease is slowed down, stopped, or continues to get worse. At our Old Greenwich dentist practice, our doctors have found that there is a much higher success rate when proper home maintenance and professional treatments are combined. Periodontal diseases range from minor gum inflammation to more serious disease that ends up with severe damage to the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. In the worst cases, the teeth are lost, but as a dedicated team, we do our best to prevent that.
First and foremost, the objective of periodontal cleaning is to control the progress of the disease. The specialists with our Old Greenwich dentist practice will work on restoring the supporting structures, including bone, ligaments and gum tissue. Our dentist knows that scaling and root planing is one of the most effective periodontal procedures to treat gum disease before it becomes severe, and a much deeper cleansing than a regular dental cleaning. Research has shown that scaling and root planing reduces the swelling of the gums, shrinks “pocket” depths and removes bacteria. Keeping that research in mind, this form of periodontal cleaning is usually the first type of treatment we recommend for treating periodontitis. In addition to scaling and root planing, antibiotics can be used in pill form or administered locally directly into the pockets.