What your dentist in Woodstock, NY, wants you to know
If you haven’t been getting regular dental cleanings, and you skip brushing and flossing once in a while, you may be on your way to periodontal disease. It all starts out with gum disease, when your gums bleed a little during brushing and flossing. Untreated gum disease can progress to periodontal disease, and you begin to lose the supporting bone around your teeth.
The good news is painless periodontal therapy can help make your mouth healthy again. Dr. Heidi Wettels wants to share the facts about painless periodontal therapy. She has two convenient office locations in Woodstock, and New Paltz, NY, to serve your dental needs.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria within the plaque that collects on your teeth. The bacteria produce poisons that attack the soft tissues, your gums, and the hard tissues, your supporting bone. The crevice between your teeth and gums, the area where you floss, becomes deeper and deeper as the disease progresses. The crevice becomes a deep periodontal pocket, almost impossible for you to clean.
Painless periodontal therapy works to create a healthy tissue-to-tooth attachment, shrinking the deep pockets and making them easier for you to clean. Bleeding and inflammation will decrease. The bone lost to periodontal disease doesn’t come back, but periodontal disease therapy keeps you from losing more bone.
There are many different procedures Dr. Wettels may suggest, depending on the level of disease you have. The most common painless periodontal therapy procedures include:
- Scaling and root planing; deep cleaning to remove deep deposits of calculus (tartar) and smoothing root surfaces to create a surface that doesn’t retain plaque easily.
- Gum grafting; placing grafting material onto your gums to replace soft tissue that has been lost to periodontal disease and to cover up exposed tooth roots to prevent sensitivity and decay.
- Periodontal surgery; a surgical procedure to reshape gum tissue and create a more harmonious smile that is easier to keep clean
You don’t have to lose your smile to periodontal disease. Early treatment leads to a better outcome, so call Dr. Heidi Wettels, with offices in Woodstock, and New Paltz, NY today!