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What Are My Options For Treating Periodontal Disease?

What Are My Options For Treating Periodontal Disease?

So, really, What Are My Options For Treating Periodontal Disease?

Okay, so by now you should probably know that Periodontal Disease is the permanent loss of your jawbone!  Currently, there is no predictable way to get all the lost bone back.  You will always have the bone loss, but this can be managed.  Periodontal Disease can be one of the following:

  1. Active Periodontal Disease means that bone loss and infection are actively progressing. This is bad!  It is time for periodontal therapy from a qualified and talented dental hygienist and/or dentist.
  2. Periodontal Disease that is not active. The active infection has been controlled and ongoing periodontal therapy should help keep you from continuing to have infections and losing more bone.  This is good.

Active Periodontal disease with a fairly severe gum infection.

What Are My Options For Treating Periodontal Disease?

This is a good question with a good answer.  Periodontal therapy to treat periodontal disease should come after a thorough exam and diagnosis of your current periodontal and dental health.  This comprehensive exam must include the following:

  1. Careful measuring around every tooth to check for pockets, recession, tartar, bleeding and infection. This can be completed by a dentist or a qualified dental hygienist.
  2. A thorough dental examination of the teeth (this must be done by a dentist) for any problem areas. Gaps, broken fillings or teeth, and rough restorations might be contributing to difficulty in cleaning, tooth mobility, or food impaction.
  3. An evaluation of your TMJ or jaw joint.
  4. An evaluation of the chewing muscles.
  5. A complete soft tissue and oral cancer exam.

Periodontal Therapy Options:

Periodontal Debridement

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy orLAPT

A less severe case of periodontal disease.

Surgical Periodontal Therapy without a Laser

Waterlase Surgical Periodontal Therapy With a Er, Cr: YSGG laser

In our office our talented hygienists combine the first two, periodontal debridement with laser assisted periodontal therapy (LAPT), so that you will get the best results from this less invasive therapy.  When we complete periodontal debridement including laser therapy, our goal is to prevent further irreversible loss of your jaw bone.   Can we stop bone loss completely? Sometimes we can!  If we cannot stop bone loss, we can slow it down.  We can help you to manage this disease.

You might ask, “Why don’t all dental offices do this?”

This is a good question and it boils down to education about current treatment modalities that have been proven effective in the treatment of periodontal disease; and cost.   Lasers are very expensive and the correct use of lasers requires advanced training.

During your cleaning, the laser will be used as an anti-inflammatory.  The objective in periodontal therapy is to reduce pockets, disrupt biofilm, and carefully smooth the root surfaces.

Following this initial therapy, you will return to our office in about 3-4months for us to re-evaluate the success of this periodontal therapy.  At that time we will determine is we need to continue with surgical therapy in our office and with Dr. Gillis or refer you to a periodontist for surgical periodontal treatment.

Depending on your response to therapy, we may add one or more of the following:

Dental offices treat periodontal disease differently,  We know how important having a healthy mouth is to your overall health, so our office continues to improve the way that we manage periodontal disease if better treatments and therapies are available.  Please call to schedule an appointment if you are concerned about your teeth and gums and the bone that supports them!  Our Grand Junction, Colorado office sees patients from across western Colorado and Dr. Julie Gillis and her hygienists, Mel and Whitney are the very best you can find.  Please call (970) 242-3635 if you have any further questions or you would like to become a patient in our practice.

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis D.D.S.

Restoring Teeth, Restoring Smiles