Save Your Gums with Arestin® Periodontal Treatment

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June 7, 2021

Regular brushing and flossing are crucial parts of our daily dental home care, but gum disease will not go away on its own. Because it is an infection, it needs to be treated professionally and as early as possible. At Lifeway Dental, we recommend getting periodontal treatment in Boca Raton when we detect early signs of gum disease. We do this by combining scaling and root planing with an application of an antibiotic medication called Arestin® so your gums can heal faster and more efficiently.

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What Is Periodontal Disease?

How to Prevent and Treat Periodontal Disease?

It is known that our mouth is home to millions upon millions of bacteria. Periodontal disease is a bacteria-related inflammatory disease of the gums, the bonelike material that covers the root, the ligament, and the bone around the tooth. Symptoms of periodontal disease include bleeding, receding gums, and sensitivity, and if it is not treated immediately, it can lead to excruciating pain and tooth loss.

Gingivitis or periodontal disease can be prevented with good oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning. More severe forms of periodontal disease can also be treated successfully, but only with a professional procedure and more extensive treatment.

Such treatment might include an antibiotic medication or Arestin®, along with scaling and root planing of the tooth-root surfaces. To help prevent periodontal diseases, it is important to brush and floss every day to remove the bacteria that cause gum disease and keep up with your regular dental checkups.

Causes and Warning Signs

In most cases, gum disease starts with plaque. Plaque is a sticky film composed mainly of bacteria. If it is left untreated, it will eventually advance to periodontitis or periodontal disease. Signs that you may have gingivitis or periodontal disease can include:

  • Sore, swollen, or tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gap developing between teeth
  • Painful chewing

The Three Stages of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis

This is the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth that causes inflammation to the gums if not removed.

Moderate Periodontitis

This occurs when the inflammation that is caused by the buildup of plaque causes the gums to separate from the base of the tooth, which creates a small pocket between the gum and teeth. This can also cause mild to moderate bone loss. However, proper dental treatment and improved home care can usually prevent any further damage.

Advanced Periodontitis

This is the final stage of gum disease. It is characterized by the presence of deep pockets between teeth and gums. Severe bone loss is a risk factor at this stage. The weakening of the bone that supports your teeth can cause teeth to shift or loosen. If treatment is ineffective, teeth may need to be removed by your oral surgeon.

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Looking for Periodontal Treatment in Boca Raton?

Are you exhibiting signs and symptoms of gum disease? At Lifeway Dental, we are devoted to providing you with comprehensive and superior-quality dental care. If you have questions about our services, contact us! We would love to hear from you.