Up to 80 percent 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 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 your health.
The progression of gum disease
Gum disease is caused by naturally occurring pathogenic bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria colonize in a sticky biofilm called plaque. Any areas of plaque that are left behind after brushing and flossing become tartar, a hard substance that is virtually impossible to remove without dental instruments.
The bacteria produce toxins that irritate and inflame your gums, causing tissue to separate from the teeth. This creates pockets around your teeth, where plaque and bacteria accumulate and cause further inflammation. As the condition progresses, the infection spreads. Without treatment, it can eventually reach the periodontal ligaments and bone that support teeth.
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 to treat gum disease without surgery.
Treating gum disease
The standard practice for addressing early gum disease involves a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing, which removes tartar and plaque from your teeth and below the gum line. However, deep cleaning alone is not always sufficient.
Dr. Stern utilizes the Perio Protect system to deliver highly effective antimicrobial medication to your soft tissues below the gum line. 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 Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills today at (440) 210-0999 and make your oral health a priority. Our office is conveniently located just minutes from Mentor, OH and we proudly serve patients throughout Lake County.
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