Treat gum disease to restore your oral health in Willoughby Hills
Gum disease is widespread, and as many as 80% of adults struggle with some amount of infection in their gums. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Further, the bacteria and toxins associated with gum disease are also linked to many other chronic health issues, such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Dr. Stern at Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills can treat gum disease to protect your teeth and clear infection from your mouth.
The progression of gum disease
Gum disease is caused by naturally occurring pathogenic bacteria in your mouth. As bacteria feed, they form a biofilm called plaque, and unless your routine flossing and brushing disrupt it, the plaque forms tartar that can shield them when you brush your teeth. The bacteria produce toxins that cause swelling in your gums. Once your gums start to pull away from your teeth, they can infect further into your soft tissues and eventually cause tooth loss and infection in your bone.
Routine dental cleanings can remove tartar from your mouth and keep bacteria at bay, but once gum tissues are damaged by infection, you will need more advanced care to restore your oral health. Dr. Stern uses advanced technology and treatment plans to address gum disease, and in most cases, he can offer treatment of gum disease without the need for surgery.
Treating gum disease
The standard practice for addressing early gum disease involves a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing, that removes tartar and plaque from your teeth and below the gum line. However, once the deep cleaning is complete, the infection can return just as easily as it started.
Dr. Stern utilizes the Perio Protect system to deliver highly effective antimicrobial medication into your soft tissues below the gum line using custom trays. Dr. Stern uses Oral DNA testing to identify the specific bacteria causing your infection, and he will create custom trays to deliver the best medicine to kill the bacteria. He can also remove the infected tissue with a dental laser to clear out the infection and help your gums return to a natural, healthy state so they can protect your teeth.
Once the infection is cleared, Dr. Stern will work with you to prevent further disease and protect your oral health. Contact our office in Willoughby Hills today at (440) 210-0999 and make your oral health a priority.