If you have been diagnosed with and treated for periodontal (gum) disease, regularly scheduled supportive therapy is vitally important to your success in management of disease progression. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “following a course of active periodontal treatment and periodic ongoing care at regularly prescribed intervals is essential.
Because periodontal disease or infection can recur, continuous maintenance is absolutely necessary to prevent this periodontal infection from becoming active once again and destroying what healing has occurred.
The following treatment is included in your periodontal maintenance appointment:
- Evaluation of oral health to detect subtle signs of disease recurrence
- Appropriate debridement of teeth and gums (professional cleaning and polishing)
- Antimicrobial therapy to destroy difficult to reach bacteria as deemed necessary by the doctor
- Evaluation of homecare regimes and aids
- Oral health evaluation including oral cancer screening, necessary dental films, and decay detection
- Recommendations based on individual needs as a result of medical and dental histories review
Scientific studies support the belief of experts that the most important aspect of periodontal treatment is the long term maintenance therapy. Individuals vary in their response to periodontal disease and resistance to the disease varies at different times of life. When periodontal disease recurs following treatment, it may do so without signs or symptoms to the patient. Your Madison dentist and their team of periodontal therapist are well trained in recognizing the very subtle signs that may signal detrimental changes. Ask us and your hygienist what interval of care would be in your best interest for lifelong oral health.
LANAP and Pinhole procedures
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a serious health problem in Madison area and the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of people over age 30 suffer from periodontal disease. And, gum disease becomes more likely as you age.
Periodontal disease is more than just an inconvenience, it’s a chronic inflammatory disease that attacks the gums and bone supporting your teeth. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, and it puts constant stress on your immune system, which can cause other health problems like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Although treating advanced periodontal disease used to require a scalpel and sutures, today, two cutting edge technologies, LANAP®, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, and PST, or the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, allow us to treat and repair diseased areas, and even generate new bone and tissue growth with virtually no pain or recovery time for patients.
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
Recessed gums, often the result of periodontal disease, can leave the roots of your teeth exposed, leading to increased risk of sensitivity, pain and tooth decay. Traditional treatment for recessed gums used a scalpel to remove healthy tissue from the roof of the mouth and suture it in place over the recessed areas.
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, on the other hand, allows us to access your gums through a tiny hole made by a needle. Then, using specially designed instruments, we are able to loosen the gum tissue and guide it into place over the recessed areas. The result is an instant cosmetic improvement and decreased sensitivity and risk for disease with very little bleeding, swelling or other postoperative symptoms.
Even if you have healthy teeth and gums, the way they fit within your mouth is another important aspect of your dental health. If your teeth are improperly positioned, you may suffer from an irregular bite. While everyone wants straight teeth for aesthetic reasons, there are major health concerns associated with your bite as well.
Whether the result of a rough game of hockey or a medically necessary extraction, losing one or more teeth is never fun. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, missing teeth can not only make it more difficult to talk and chew, they can cause remaining teeth to become misaligned or crowded and more susceptible to problems down the road.
At Madison Dental Care, your comfort and care are our top priorities. Our friendly team goes out of their way to make sure that every experience at our office is a positive one. But for as many as 15% of adults who avoid the dentist due to extreme bouts of anxiety, our smiling faces and gentle manner may not be enough.