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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Care

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At our office, we believe in giving patients the information they need to make educated decisions about their dental health. If you have questions about your care, our practice, or just teeth in general, please let us know! We always want to make sure you feel comfortable and confident getting your care from us.

We’ve collected some of the questions we hear the most often. Take a moment to check and see if your question is answered below. If your question isn’t here or if you want more information, you are always welcome to give us a call at (651) 698-0848 or to send us an email using our convenient form on our Contact page. 

Periodontal Care

Once gingivitis advances into periodontal disease, it is no longer curable. However, we can help you manage periodontal disease to minimize its effects and maintain your oral health. 

It’s vital that you treat periodontal disease, even if the treatment does not act as a permanent cure. If left untreated, it will only progress, potentially leading to serious health issues and tooth loss. 

What Treatments Are Available?

At Brimhall Dentistry in St. Paul, we use scaling and root planing to treat gum disease, removing bacteria and plaque from below the gumline. We use advanced technologies, including laser therapy, to make this treatment method as effective as possible.

In advanced cases, we may also recommend osseous surgery to improve a patient’s gum health. When performing osseous surgery, we smooth the roots to remove rough spots where bacteria could collect and reshape and reposition the periodontal pockets.

If you have any questions about our periodontal treatments in St. Paul, please just call us. We’re always happy to answer questions over the phone.

Periodontal Treatment in St. Paul, MN

The irreversible nature of gum disease illustrates why it’s so important to see your dentist regularly. If we catch gum disease in its earliest stage, called gingivitis, we can reverse it. And we check for gingivitis during every routine dental cleaning. 

If you need to prevent gum disease or treat gum disease, reach out to our experienced dentists, Dr. Nick Schulte and Dr. Meredith Meador-Schulte, today to schedule an appointment.

If you have gum disease, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding after brushing your teeth
  • Swollen or red gums
  • Bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth
  • The appearance of deep pockets between your gums and teeth
  • Receding gumline
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in your bite or shifting teeth

For people experiencing the above symptoms, it’s vital that you contact your dentist as soon as possible to set up an appointment for an evaluation. Unfortunately, after gum disease has advanced past its earliest stages, it is no longer reversible, but treatment is still essential.

Untreated gum disease may lead to serious health issues, including bone and tooth loss. But at Brimhall Dentistry, we can manage your gum disease to protect your oral health.

Gum Disease Evaluation in St. Paul, MN

Whether you are experiencing gum disease symptoms or not, it’s important to see your dentist regularly to maintain your oral health and prevent gum disease from developing. We urge you to contact our team to set up your next dental cleaning and exam with our experienced dentists, Dr. Nick Schulte and Dr. Meredith Meador-Schulte. 

During your exam, we’ll check your gums for signs of gingivitis or gum disease, discuss your oral health needs, and, if necessary, advise you on the best toothbrushing and flossing techniques for your at-home oral hygiene routine.

If we do find signs of gum disease, we’ll recommend appropriate treatment methods at that time. 

Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of your gums that causes inflammation, bleeding, bad breath, and in severe cases, even tooth and bone loss. 

Unfortunately, periodontal disease is common among adults in the United States, and when left untreated, it can affect your overall health. Studies have linked gum disease to other serious health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. 

However, our team at Brimhall Dentistry is here to help you prevent and manage periodontal disease so that you can keep your gums as healthy and strong as possible. 

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Prevention is always better than a cure, and preventing periodontal disease is the best way to protect your gums. To prevent gum disease, it’s vital to adhere to a good oral hygiene routine with regular brushing and flossing. It’s also essential to see your dentist routinely for dental cleanings and exams.

We also recommend stopping smoking if that’s a habit of yours. 

Dental Cleaning in St. Paul, MN

Reach out today to book your dental appointment in St. Paul, MN. Our dedicated dentists, Dr. Nick Schulte and Dr. Meredith Meador-Schulte, will carefully examine your gums for signs of gum disease, and you’ll receive a thorough cleaning for better oral health. 

If you have any questions about preventing gum disease, we also encourage you to contact us. We want you to enjoy the best oral health, and we’ll do everything we can to support you. 

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