Periodontal Treatment in Rocky River, OH
We work closely with our patients to improve their health, appearance, and quality of life with outstanding oral care. A big part of our dental practice philosophy includes a focus on preventive treatments so that we can avoid serious conditions such as periodontal (gum) disease.
Periodontal disease is an infection in your gums. Having periodontal disease can feel painful, cause tooth loss, and even complicate other serious medical conditions.
Avoiding Periodontal Disease
The best way to avoid periodontal disease is with a regular home care routine that includes brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing at least once daily, and eating a healthy diet. Because you cannot reach every area of your teeth with your toothbrush and floss, our professional, gentle, and friendly dental hygienist will help you to remove calculus (tartar) from your teeth using precision instruments and highly skilled techniques.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
If you suffer from periodontal disease, Linda Rak Canepa, DDS, and her hygiene team can help you get back on track to good health with customized treatment options that address your specific needs and provide continued support after treatment. We will take special measurements of your gums to locate any problem areas. You should also let us know if you have bleeding when you brush or floss because that is a symptom of gum disease.
Once we complete your periodontal evaluation, we will recommend the appropriate treatment to help you get back on track to good health. Your treatment might include specialized dental cleanings, more frequent hygiene appointments, or even site-specific antibiotics to help you heal properly.
We utilize laser technology at our Rocky River dental office. That means if your periodontal treatment requires surgery, you can have it more comfortably with a laser than with traditional methods. Lasers allow us to remove bacteria, damaged tissue, and promote a faster, less-painful recovery.
Periodontal Disease and Systemic Illnesses
According to the CDC, around half of Americans suffer from chronic periodontal disease. Gum disease puts more than your teeth and gums at risk. While you may suffer tooth loss, bad breath, pain, sensitivity, bone loss, occlusal (bite) problems, and gum recession, the medical repercussions go much further. In fact, researchers have linked periodontal disease to a number of systemic conditions including:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory illnesses
- Alzheimer’s disease
We need more information to determine the nature of the link between periodontal disease and systemic illnesses, but many researchers believe it is because gum disease is a form of inflammation that affects the other organs and systems in your body.
Call Us to Schedule Your Next Exam
If you have bleeding gums, bad breath, or other symptoms of gum disease, do not hesitate to call us! Even if you have been away from the dentist for a long time, we will never make you feel guilty for taking the first step to restoring your oral health and your overall health with high-quality dental care.