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Periodontal Therapy in Chaska

red gumsGum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States today. Research indicates that nearly 80 percent of the population has some degree of this bacterial infection. In addition to harming your oral health, gum disease has been linked to overall health conditions such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and more. Dr. Stapleton and his team understand and respect the strong connection between oral and general health. That’s why we offer periodontal therapy in Chaska to treat the disease and prevent re-occurrences.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Scaling and root planingWhen irregular oral hygiene care allows bacteria to accumulate near the gum line, the body will initially battle the encroaching infection by creating inflammation in the gums. Inflammation’s redness, tenderness, and swelling can be telltale signs of periodontal, or gum, disease. If the condition is not treated in a timely manner, then the infection can become destructive, eating away at the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth.

What Are Other Signs of Gum Disease?

In addition to redness and swelling, your gums might bleed when you brush or floss. This does not mean that you should stop! To the contrary, bleeding means that you need to follow a more stringent oral hygiene routine at home. You see, bacteria hides in plaque, which is a sticky biofilm that builds up in your mouth all day. Brushing and flossing remove plaque.

If plaque is not removed daily, then it hardens and becomes tartar. Now, bacteria are locked in place and begin to cause further damage. You may notice:

  • Bad breath
  • A sour taste in your mouth
  • Pus between your teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Shifting teeth or ill-fitting dentures

If periodontal treatment from a dentist in Chaska is not provided, then tooth extraction may be unavoidable as bone weakens to the point that it can no longer support your teeth.

What is Periodontal Therapy?

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The type of periodontal therapy you need will depend on the severity of your condition. The following options are available:

  • Scaling & Root Planing – This is a deep cleaning. Scaling removes plaque, bacteria, toxins and tartar from the visible surfaces of your teeth and below the gum line. Root planing smoothes all of the rough areas on root surfaces. Once the surfaces are smooth, bacterial plaque cannot adhere as easily under the gum line so your gums can heal and reattach to your teeth.
  • Antibiotic Therapy – With antibiotics, Dr. Stapleton can target specific types of bacteria in order to minimize the chance of resurgence.  In this way, periodontal disease is kept safely under control.