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Periodontal Therapy

At MG Dentistry we strive to bring public awareness of periodontal disease to it’s highest level of than ever before.

Our skilled dentists and dental care team are dedicated to educating our patients about the scientific link between periodontal disease and systemic disorders such diabetes, cardiovascular disease and complication during pregnancy. Periodontal disease and it’s risks cannot be taken lightly; at MG Dentistry we provide an oustanding, efficient and effective approach to treating periodontal disease.

Periodontal Maintenance

With all the widespread attention drawn to the complication periodontal disease can create in the stabilization of other life threatening disorders, dental insurers are now offering enhanced coverage on periodontal therapies. At MG Dentistry we encourage the importance in maintaining the health of your smile by preventing and treating periodontal disease. MG Dentistry’s periodontal maintenance program encourages patients who suffer from periodontal disease to recieve a detailed periodontal cleaning every three months. For those that require a more aggressive approach in treating their periodontal disease, MG Dentistry’s skilled team of clinicians use cutting-edge methods to help you achieve optimum oral hygiene with minimal discomfort.

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Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is classified in different stages by the level of severity. If periodontal disease is caught early enough during its begining stage of gingivitis the damage to the periodontal tissue can be treated and restored it’s optimal health. If periodontal disease is more advanced and the supporting bone and tissue that hold your teeth in place are irreversibly damaged, a more aggressive aproach in treatment is necessary. General symptoms of periodontal disease include many of the following signs:

  • Periodontal tissue are red, puffy or swollen, or tender
  • Periodontal tissue bleeds during brushing or flossing
  • Teeth that look longer because your periodontal tissue has receded
  • The periodontal tissue has separated, or pulled away, from your teeth, creating a pocket
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Pus coming from between your teeth and periodontal tissue
  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

When the bacteria responsible for periodontal disease spreads below the gumline it produces toxins that will severely impinge on your periodontal tissue and bone level. The degeneration of the periodontal tissue and bone can be treated with either a non-surgical approach or the more aggressive surgical treatment.

  • Scaling and Root Planning. A non-surgical approach that requires a “deep” periodontal cleaning performed by our skilled dental professioals. This procedure will remove the built up plaque and harmful bacteria from under the gumline allowing the periodontal tissue to be more receptive to quailty home care and maintenance through our periodontal maintenance program.
  • Anti-biotic Therapy. This anti-microbial treatment is commonly used in conjunction with Scaling and root planning. An antibiotic is place directly at the site of the infection and offers an immediate respone.
  • Laser Therapy. This cutting edge technology offers a new revolution in the treatment of periodontal disease. A laser is used to “sterilize” the area that is predominately engulfed with bacteria.
  • Flap Surgery. This is a common surgical process where the periodontal tissue surroundin the tooth is lifted back and the area is then cleaned of the bacteria. The tissue is reattched snuggly around the tooth to eliminate pocketing that traps and harvests bacteria.
  • Connective Tissue Graft. This is a procedure where grafted tissue taken from the roof of the mouth is surgically attached to the area where the periodontal tissue has receded or become thin.
  • Extraction. This removal of the tooth that is severly damaged from periodontal disease that the surrounding tissue and bone have disintergrated and there is no functioning periodontal tissue to support the tooth.

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