Periodontal Care in Saint Paul, MN
You might be surprised to learn that gum disease – or periodontal disease – is a big problem in the United States. In fact, estimates by the American Academy of Periodontology point toward as many as 50 percent of all U.S. adults suffering from some form of the disease.
Many people don’t even realize they have gum disease. Even those patients who know they have the disease are often not receiving treatment for it. Seeking treatment for gum disease is important. Recent studies have demonstrated that the health of your gums can have an impact on your overall health. Gum disease is associated with an increased risk for systemic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
The good news is that periodontal disease can be treated, particularly when it is caught in the early stages. Regardless of how your gum disease has progressed, your dentists in St. Paul, MN, Dr. Nick Schulte, along with his hygienists, can treat your periodontal disease and help you keep your gums healthy with regular care.
Healthy Gums Mean a Healthy Smile
Healthy gums do not just mean an attractive smile. Your gums also work to protect your teeth from bacteria, keeping disease and decay at bay. Gums are susceptible to infection, however, which is why gum disease is a common occurrence.
Gum disease is sometimes asymptomatic. Some people suffer from the following symptoms:
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
- Bad breath that won’t go away, regardless of your brushing habits
- Gums that are frequently swollen, tender, and red
- Teeth that are loose and separating
- The formation of pus between gums and teeth
- The appearance of longer teeth because gums have pulled away from the teeth
Causes of Gum Disease
Although many people might assume that poor oral hygiene is the main cause of periodontal disease, there are many different reasons why people might be susceptible. The primary cause is bacteria—or plaque—and the way the body responds to it. This can be influenced by many issues, including genetics, smoking, the immune system, and frequency of regular dental checkups.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
Scaling and root planing is a noninvasive gum disease treatment that removes plaque and bacteria from below the gum line. Hand tools, ultrasonic scalers, and lasers are used in lieu of surgery. The roots of the teeth are also smoothed to encourage the gums to reattach to the teeth. The use of laser therapy sterilizes pockets so they heal faster. After the procedure, periodontal pockets become smaller and gum health improves.
For cases where periodontal disease has progressed, osseous surgery might be necessary. This procedure smooths the surface of the roots of the teeth to get rid of rough surfaces where bacteria collect. Additionally, the periodontal pockets are trimmed and repositioned. After the procedure, patients enjoy dramatically improved gum health.
Keeping Your Gums Strong and Healthy
Gum disease treatment is necessary to keep harmful bacteria in the mouth under control. Tarter and plaque must be removed from the teeth on a regular basis. Patients who have undergone gum surgery should plan on visiting our office every three or four months for periodontal maintenance.
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Patients have been visiting Dr. Schulte's office since 1958 where it was originally known as Fischbach Dentistry to keep their smiles healthy, beautiful, and functional. With our emphasis on preventive care, we aim to ensure our patients keep their natural teeth for their entire lives with affordable care you can count on. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Schulte today to ensure the health of your gums.