Periodontal Disease Specialist
Dr. Juli Eivens and Dr. Jennifer Laubach are leading providers who provide accurate diagnosis and treatment for periodontal disease. In many cases, early detection and treatment can reverse periodontal disease and help patients retain their natural teeth. Call or schedule your next dental appointment online at Advanced Smiles Dental, P.A. Our practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.
Periodontal Disease Q & A
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, a condition that affects the health of the gums, presents as gum inflammation in mild cases. However, as the disease progresses, the gums recede and the patient begins losing teeth.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria in the mouth invades the space below the gum line. The bacteria continues to grow causing the gums to pull away from the teeth exposing the bottom portion of each tooth. If the disease progresses, the bacteria eventually attacks the roots of the teeth causing the teeth to loosen and even fall out.
How does Advanced Smiles Dental, P.A. treat periodontal disease?
Advanced Smiles Dental, P.A. uses several treatment strategies to improve gum health among people with periodontal disease. The goal of treatment is to eliminate the bacteria growing within the gums, reduce swelling and prevent further tooth loss.
When periodontal disease is caught early, Dr. Laubach or Dr. Eivens may resolve the condition through regular teeth cleanings. However, if the disease progresses further, Dr. Laubach or Dr. Eivens recommends a more intensive periodontal therapy such as scaling and root planing. Laser therapy may also benefit patients with this condition.
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing, a procedure used to remove the bacteria growing beneath the gums and near the bottom of the teeth, smooths the surface of the roots making it more difficult for bacteria to grow in the future. After this procedure, Dr. Laubach or Dr. Eivens may apply an antibiotic to the gums.
What is laser therapy?
Severe cases of gum disease may require laser therapy. During laser therapy, Dr. Laubach or Dr. Eivens uses laser energy to destroy bacteria deep within the gums without harming the gum tissue. Laser therapy may also encourage the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth more quickly.