Gum Disease Treatment in Topeka & Silver Lake
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease or pyorrhea, is a condition many otherwise healthy individuals may unknowingly have. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50 percent of Americans over the age of 30 have some degree of gum disease. In adults over the age of 65, the occurrence increases to slightly more than 70 percent. So although you may be in crowded company if you have gum disease—gingivitis, periodontitis or advanced periodontitis—treating this bacterial infection is important for your oral health as well as your overall health.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums that are red and swollen are often the first, and only, indication that periodontal disease is present. At this early stage, the effects of gum disease may be reversible with stringent oral hygiene care at home. Never under-estimate the value of twice daily brushing and flossing at least once a day. When you brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste you remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Likewise, flossing gets rid of plaque buildup in between your teeth.
What’s so important about removing plaque? Living in plaque are the bacteria that initiate tooth decay and gum disease. In the case of gum disease, plaque likes to settle along the gum line. Here, the bacteria feed on food particles and excrete toxins. These toxins are the culprits that can destroy gum tissue as well as the underlying bone structure that supports your teeth.
Left untreated, the condition only worsens and may ultimately result in tooth loss, gum deterioration, and more. In addition, the bacteria that cause this gum tissue infection can spread throughout the body and increase your risk of a number of bodily illnesses and diseases. Called the oral-systemic connection, dentists and doctors now recognize the link between the health of your gums and your overall health. Diseases such as heart disease, pulmonary infections, gastric ulcer re-infection, diabetes, depression and pre-term and low birth weight infants are only some of the conditions that have been linked to periodontal disease.
Thankfully, with gum disease treatment in Silver Lake and Topeka, Dr. Michael Michel halts the progression of gum disease and repairs deteriorated tissue with our successful, four-pronged, non-surgical treatment plan.
- First, we eliminate the bacteria causing the infection with a deep cleaning or topical antibiotics. The deep cleaning procedure is called scaling and root planing. During scaling, one of our dental hygienists removes plaque and hardened plaque, also called tartar. Then, root planing smoothes the root surfaces of your teeth, making them less receptive to clinging plaque and tartar. Arestin is a topical antibiotic that can be applied directly to gum tissue and in gum pockets surrounding your teeth to further kill the bacterial infection.
- Then we determine the source of the problem and find ways to build up your resistance.
- If bone has deteriorated, Dr. Michel will correct and rebuild your oral supporting structures so that your mouth functions properly.
- In order to maintain your renewed periodontal health, we'll develop a plan of action to lessen your risk of future infection. Part of this plan will include regular dental cleanings and examinations in either our Topeka or Silver Lake dental practice.
Healthy gums are crucial to oral and overall health. At Michel Dental, we'll help you achieve strong gums for lasting wellness and an improved quality of life.
Michel Dental gives residents of Topeka, Silver Lake, Lawrence, Manhattan, and surrounding areas quality care for distinctive smiles. Call today to schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. Michel, the dentist Silver Lake trusts.