Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease) can affect individuals of all ages. Gum disease is the single most common cause of tooth loss in adults. This inflammatory disease attacks the gums, bone and other supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontal treatment or therapy can vary widely depending upon the progression of the disease. Non-surgical and surgical options are available for arresting and controlling periodontal diseases. The non-surgical treatments performed in our office can help with the stimulation of tissue support, which in many cases can eliminate the need for periodontal surgery. Based upon your periodontal screening, Dr. Weller will recommend a course of periodontal treatments to control the progression of your gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing - Scaling and root planing is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus and to smooth the root to remove bacterial toxins. This cleaning is therapeutic and more extensive than a routine prophylaxis or polish with which you may be familiar. In most cases, we will carefully administer local anesthesia to assist in your comfort.
Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy - At Weller Aesthetic and Implant Dental Care we utilize a laser therapy in connection with Scaling and Root Planning. This laser therapy will give better, long lasting results and is an amazing breakthrough in periodontal treatments. A tiny laser fiber is inserted between the tooth and gum and it is used to vaporize bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and finishes debriding the pocket. It also aids in coagulation that allows for the pocket to heal better and the tissue to attach to the tooth. The procedure is fast, minimally invasive and will cause little to no discomfort after therapy and allows most patients to continue on with their normal daily activity without interruption.
Local Delivery of Medications - Local delivery medications can be administered directly into specific periodontal pockets, as an addition to scaling and root planing to suppress or eradicate bacteria. A small amount of antibiotic powder is placed inside infected periodontal pocket and it immediately adheres to the periodontal pocket. Through a process called “polymer hydrolysis”, tiny holes in the Microspheres provide "escape routes" for the drug to be slowly released and absorbed into the surrounding gum tissue. This allows for a “sustained release” of the antibiotic which continues to work inside your gums for up to 21 days.
Periodontal Maintenance Treatment - After completing initial periodontal treatment, your condition has been arrested, but not cured. Periodontal diseases are chronic diseases, much like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which require constant monitoring to ensure that your disease remains inactive. Most treated periodontal patients require more frequent cleanings, approximately every three months, since they are more susceptible to the recurrence of periodontal disease.
During your periodontal maintenance visit, your periodontal status is closely monitored for changes. At times, interceptive periodontal procedures are initiated to treat any sites or pockets that demonstrate significant signs of disease activity. In this way, further bone loss can be prevented.
Our staff of dental hygienists will communicate with Dr. Weller after each visit to share pertinent information regarding the stability of your periodontal condition. We firmly believe that "preventive dentistry is the best dentistry."