Periodontal Treatment in Orlando, FL
The term “peri” means “next to” and the term “odontal” is related to the teeth. Periodontal tissue is used to mean the gums and jawbones. When these tissues become infected, we call it periodontitis. At Paradise Dental in Orlando, FL, we see several cases of periodontitis each month.
It makes perfect sense to look for periodontal treatment in Orlando, FL, if you’ve been diagnosed with periodontitis or have many of the symptoms. These symptoms can be vague like dental pain or they can be more specific like bleeding gums while brushing your teeth, bad breath, and loose teeth.
Causes of Periodontitis
If you’ve seen us at Paradise Dental, we probably recommended you keep up with regular visits and cleanings. During cleanings, we remove plaque and tartar from teeth. These collections form over time and contain bacteria. Since bacteria are surrounded by an external hard surface, it remains safe from toothpaste. The only way to remove them is at the dentist’s office.
When bacteria grow and replicate, they can start to cause problems and infect the gums. Periodontitis starts as gingivitis but can progress and lead to more serious issues. In the long run, the jawbones can be affected and some patients lose teeth.
Treatment will depend on the severity of a patient’s periodontitis. We’ll need to remove plaque and tartar to stop the cause and prevent the issue from recurring. Most patients also require antibiotics to help clear the infection. In mild cases, we’ll prescribe antibiotic gel or cream that can be applied directly to the gums. Some patients need oral antibiotics that are taken in the form of a tablet or capsule.
The most severe forms of periodontitis often require surgery. When a patient has deep pockets that need to be cleaned, we’ll need to elevate the gums to reach them. The gums are sutured back in place when we’re done. Bone grafts can be used to restore bone tissues lost due to periodontitis.
We’ll start by examining your oral cavity then recommending a treatment plan. We’re here to answer any questions you might have.