Naples Periodontic Services
Most individuals have heard about gum disease, also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease — possibly when a dentist in Naples or a hygienist told you that you have this infection.
Knowing that you are infected is one thing, but understanding the difference between periodontal disease and other types of complications that can affect your mouth, such as gingivitis, also remains important to your overall health?
Naples dentist Dr. Vanessa Rashid wants to ensure that her patients know why it is vital to treat periodontal disease — and why brushing and flossing alone won't do the trick?
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults? Although a relationship between periodontal disease and an elevated risk for other medical issues has not been established, recent studies suggest a possible link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and preterm low birth-weight babies?
Arestin is an effective antibiotic treatment that comes in powder form. This powder is placed inside infected periodontal pockets just after the dental professional finishes the scaling and root planing (SRP) procedure.
If you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, orfeel that your jaw is lopsided when you bite — may need an occlusal adjustment.
An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of the bite, that is a result of loose, shifting, crowded or missing teeth. The result is an evenly distributed bite that eliminates irregular pressure on one side of the mouth. Once your bite is adjusted, your teeth will meet properly. An occlusal adjustment causes minimal pain and only some discomfort. The adjustment is usually made using a dental drill fitted with a fine filing stone. In addition to the actual adjustment, a removal mouthpiece is also used, to protect the tooth’s surface and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is completed.
The following issues may be remedied by anocclusal adjustment:
- Loose or shifting teeth that do not always line up correctly
- Patients who grind or clench their teeth, causing an uneven bite and pressure distribution in the mouth,
- Tooth sensitivity or pressure
New technology allows dentists to accurately identify the areasthat need adjustments. Your Naples dentist will use a computer scan of the mouth to record hundreds of bite registrations per minute — uncovering even the slightest irregularity. This information allows the dentist to make only necessary adjustments — and ensuring a well-aligned bite and minimal tooth wear.
Periodontal Splinting (Weak Teeth)
Loose teeth are uncomfortable, especially when you try to eat food or chew gum. The feeling of the tooth pulling away from the gum is enough to send chills down your spine. Waiting for the tooth to become loose enough for extraction or strong enough to no longer be a problem can seem like an eternity.
Teeth become loose due to lost gum tissue, injury, orthodontic treatment or pressure caused by tooth misalignment. A new technique called periodontal splinting attaches weak teeth together, turning them into a single unit that is stable and stronger than the teeth by themselves. The procedure — most commonly performed on the front teeth —uses composite material to attach, or splint, the loose teeth to the adjoining stable teeth. Tooth splinting is a common procedure that has gained popularity due to its effectiveness.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal or gum disease is insidious. This infection of the gums starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis — which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth and the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why.
Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes — even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.
In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they needed. Well, those days are gone forever.
Scaling & Root Planing
Gingivitis is a generative disease that can cause significant tooth and gum deterioration if left untreated. Just the word gingivitis can strike panic in a patient’s mind. The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed by your Naples dentist right in our office.
Plaque and tarter that sit on the teeth provides an environment where bacteria can thrive and multiply. Thebacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of Gingivitis. Fortunately, Gingivitis is easily treated by having a dental hygienist scale and polishyour teeth. If Gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will needplaning. The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth’s surface and root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.
As non-surgical procedures, scaling and planingare performed without any anesthesia right in our dentist’s office. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of Gingivitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planing is usually broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time and reduces the time for each appointment.