Manage gum disease without surgery in Centerville, OH
The CDC estimates half of American adults have some level of gum disease. In addition to causing bad breath and tooth loss, periodontal disease can have serious health implications. It increases risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, some cancers, and other systemic illnesses. With care at Alex Bell Dental in Centerville, OH, gum disease treatment doesn’t have to include painful surgery.
A battle in your mouth
Your mouth is home to hundreds of strains of bacteria. Some are beneficial. Others feed on food debris, then excrete acidic waste that irritates gum tissue, resulting in gingivitis. Gums pull away from teeth forming pockets that allow bacteria to penetrate deeper, eventually deteriorating bone. Teeth become loose and fall out or must be extracted. Meanwhile, harmful bacteria enter the bloodstream.
Comprehensive treatment plan
Traditional treatment for periodontal disease involves cutting away unhealthy tissue and suturing the incisions.
How do Dr. Daniel Cobb achieve healthy results without surgery? With a full-circle approach to balancing oral flora and revitalizing gum tissues:
- You are asked to spit in a cup, providing a sample for oral DNA testing. This analysis reveals bacterial strains and populations in your mouth, allowing tailored treatment.
- The dentist uses a periodontal probe to measure pocket depth to determine how far the disease has advanced.
- Low-radiation digital x-rays are taken to evaluate bone loss.
- The doctor takes as much time as necessary to understand aspects of your medical history, lifestyle, and oral hygiene routine – factors that directly impact gum health.
Your individualized treatment plan may involve scaling and root planing. This manual technique cleans and smooths root surfaces. Then pockets are disinfected with a dental laser. At-home maintenance such as anti-bacterial mouth rinse, nutritional supplements, correct brushing techniques, and oral irrigation help to keep your mouth healthy between visits.
For nonsurgical gum disease treatment in Centerville, OH, call (937) 435 7311.