How We Make Gum
Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is actually the most common dental problem in the world. A bacterial infection that attacks the roots of the teeth and underlying bone that supports them, the early symptoms are subtle redness and swelling, but it can eventually progress and cause total tooth loss. At Delicate Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, Dr. Delica is able to expertly treat gum disease thanks to her special training, and she always makes the extra effort to ensure her patients remain comfortable the entire time. If you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease or believe you’re struggling with it, contact us today to get smile renewing periodontal therapy in Wellington, FL.
Why Choose Delicate Periodontics & Implant Dentistry for Periodontal Therapy?
- Board-Certified, Harvard Educated Periodontist
- Treatment Plans 100% Personalized for Each Patient
- Care That’s Always Gentle & Comfortable
If periodontal disease is caught early, it can usually be treated using a combination of brushing and flossing at home as well as professional dental cleanings. When you come to see us, the cleaning we’ll provide will focus not just on your teeth, but your gum line as well. This procedure can help put a stop to minor gum disease symptoms, prevent them from becoming worse, and ensure a patient doesn’t experience future infections.
Many different types of oral bacteria can cause periodontal disease, and determining which one is affecting a patient is key to figuring out the appropriate treatment. While general dentists will typically treat periodontal disease the same way for everyone, here, Dr. Delica puts extra effort into diagnostics so she can come up with the perfect treatment plan. With the right information, she can help a patient get rid of problematic bacteria as quickly and effectively as possible.
Scaling & Root Planing
For most people, periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria-filled plaque and tartar on the teeth below the gum line. Removing these substances at home or with a traditional dental cleaning is nearly impossible, but this is where scaling and root planing can help. Scaling enables our team to break up and clear away the plaque and bacteria that is causing a patient’s infection, and then root planing is when we smooth out the rough surfaces of the tooth roots. This helps a patient’s gums heal faster and can also lower the risk of reinfection.
Periostat is a medication we can prescribe a patient to help them treat gum disease between their in-office appointments. It works by counteracting the enzymes produced by oral bacteria that break down the gum and bone tissue around a tooth. All a patient has to do is take a pill as instructed. Between Periostat, a consistent oral hygiene routine at home, and visits with us, a patient should be able to completely overcome periodontal disease.
In addition to breaking down the gums, periodontal disease bacteria can also eat away at the bone that supports the teeth. This can cause deformities in the bone that create pockets within the gums that trap bacteria, plus this can negatively affect the appearance of the smile. Using a virtually painless procedure, Dr. Delica can gently pull the gum tissue away from the teeth and reshape the damaged bone so it is smoother and healthier. This can reduce or eliminate troublesome pockets and restore someone’s confident smile.
Oral Cancer Screening
Whenever you come to see us, our team will take a few minutes to examine your mouth for any lesions, growths, or discolored patches of tissue that could indicate oral cancer. When it’s detected early, oral cancer is easily treated and has a very high survival rate. If we find something that may be a sign of cancer during your screening, we’ll refer you to a specialist right away to get a full diagnosis. That way, treatment can begin immediately if needed.