Periodontal Treatment (Perio Protect) in Edina MN
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and you may not even know you have it because it may not cause pain until it becomes severe. If left untreated, gum disease can also lead to halitosis (bad breath), bleeding, infections, and decay. At 50th and France Dental Care, we know the importance of keeping your gums healthy, and we offer a range of periodontal treatments.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a result of plaque left on the teeth, particularly along the gumline. This plaque hardens over time into tartar, a hard, yellow substance that brushing and flossing alone can't remove. Bacteria live on this tartar and as it spreads below the gums, the bacteria go with it, causing inflammation, infection, and eventually tooth loss.
Catching Gum Disease Early
We check the health of your gums at each cleaning appointment. It's much easier to stop gum disease in the early stages and reverse the damage it can do to your oral health. This is why we recommend a professional cleaning at least once every six months, and possibly more often, depending on your situation and your oral health.
In its early stage, gum disease is known as gingivitis. The warning signs of gingivitis are red or swollen gums that bleed easily, persistent bad breath (even with regular brushing), and receding gums. Gingivitis can usually be treated with a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist, which usually includes a deep cleaning treatment known as scaling and root planing. Scaling and planing is a process that removes the built-up tartar from your teeth, both above and below the gumline, leaving bacteria nowhere to set up house.
When left untreated, gingivitis may develop into the more serious periodontitis. In periodontitis, the gums begin to pull away from your teeth, leaving open pockets where bacteria can thrive. Periodontitis can lead to tooth and bone loss as infections grow in these pockets.
Our Edina dental office is experienced in treating periodontitis, and we offer multiple treatment options. For advanced periodontitis, gum surgery and soft tissue grafts may be necessary to tighten up and close the gum pockets and replace damaged gums, preventing future infections. We are pleased to offer you this service in our Edina dental office, rather than referring you to another dentist.
Perio Protect System
We can use a system that is faster, easier, and more effective to stop further gum disease and bone loss. The system is called Perio Protect® and it is the most effective way to deliver antibacterials to the pockets around your teeth on a daily basis. This method, used for 15 minutes as you multitask (shower, make breakfast, check email) gives great results and is an FDA-approved medical device. Many patients are delighted to discover that their teeth get whiter, too!
Take Care of Your Gums for Healthy Teeth
If you think you may have gum disease or if you are in need of a professional cleaning, contact our Edina dental office today to schedule an appointment.