Periodontal Disease

Tooth Spa offers periodontal disease treatment in Sunnyvale. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Your gum tissue is not attached to the teeth as high as it may seem. There is a very shallow v-shaped crevice called a sulcus between the tooth and gums. Periodontal diseases attack just below the gum line in the sulcus, where they cause the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket: generally, the more severe the disease, the greater the depth of the pocket. Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the disease. The two major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease called periodontitis. Some factors increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:

  • Tobacco smoking or chewing   
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes
  • Some types of medication such as steroids, some types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
  • Bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Crooked teeth
  • Fillings that have become defective
  • Pregnancy

Several warning signs that can signal a problem:

  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures

It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Regular cleanings combined with deep cleanings and gum therapy with localized Arestin antibiotics may be needed. Proper home care instructions will also be provided as good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. Thorough brushing, and cleaning between your teeth, eating a balanced diet, and scheduled regular dental visits allows for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Arestin

Arestin Arestin® (minocycline HCl 1mg) microspheres is a treatment for chronic periodontitis, an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. Research has shown periodontitis may be linked to other serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Microsphere technology enables extended release of the antibiotic minocycline to effectively kill the germs that cause periodontal disease.

When used together with scaling and root planing, Arestin significantly reduces the depth of infected pockets and helps prevent disease progression. A combined therapy of Arestin plus scaling and root planing is more effective at fighting periodontal disease than scaling and root planing alone.

 

 

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